Banks and Steelz stream “Anything But Words”
Banks and Steelz -a musical collaboration between Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks – have released the title track from their forthcoming album, “Anything But Words.”
Produced by Banks and Steelz and Ari Levine, the new song finds Paul Banks wailing alongside his guitar, “I believe that someone can be brave on this green Earth/ But maybe I’m wrong/ Aim for the sun/ Out in the freezing rain I will stay on the streets all day/ Until my cup runneth over”. On the inspiration behind the lyrics to the verses, RZA revealed to Pitchfork:
The foundation of the lyrics was inspired by the energy of Malibu, and combined with the idea of myself, and the idea of man himself. I was inspired to write the second verse as if a man is reflecting upon his life…
But I think the line that really resonated is when I said that we give man the wisdom to be a carpenter, a gardener, a mother, a daughter, a father, a priest, king, or warrior. The point being made is that beyond the gender of it, man is a mother, man is a father, man is a warrior, man is a scholar…The ability of a person to choose any path he wants to labor is in him.
Anything But Words will be released on August 26th and features other appearances by Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, Kool Keith, and Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Masta Killa. They will kick off release week with a series of tour and festival dates through October. Tracklisting and dates below.
Anything But Words tracklisting:
Sword In The Stone (Feat. Kool Keith)
Wild Season (Feat. Florence Welch)
Anything but Words
Love and War (Feat. Ghostface Killah)
Can’t Hardly Feel
One by One
Gonna Make It
Point of View (Feat. Method Man and Masta Killa)
Wed 8/24 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
Thu 8/25 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Sat 8/27 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Sun 8/28 Los Angeles, CA FYF Festival
Wed 8/31 Washington DC 9:30 Club
Thu 9/1 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Sat 9/3 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
Sun 9/4 Philadelphia, PA Made In America Festival
Tue 9/6 Toronto, Ontario The Mod Club Theatre
Thu 9/8 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Fri 9/23 Las Vegas, NV Life Is Beautiful Festival
Tue 9/27 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Fri 9/30 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
Fri 10/7 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
Sun 10/9 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
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