A little more than a month out from the release of their collaborative project Anything But Words, Banks & Steelz -a musical collaboration between Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks – have released the second video from the album, “Giant” directed by Wendy Morgan.
Produced by John Hill and Kid Harpoon (Florence + The Machine), “Giant” premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beat 1 program last month and will be used in a trailer for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands video game.
Anything But Words will be released on August 28th and features appearances by Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, Kool Keith, and Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Masta Killa.
The two began working on music together in 2013. RZA told Rolling Stone at the time that the idea to collaborate with the Interpol front-man sparked after RZA’s manager asked him who he wanted to do an album with. “When I met Paul, I recognized the New York energy he has as a music artist,” RZA says. “We got to know each other playing chess and vibing out in the studio. Our talents connected in a unique way and we started writing songs. The outcome was something distinctively different from my previous work, yet with another layer of cool.”
After kicking off their first show as Banks & Steelz to a sold-out crowd in Los Angeles last week, the pair will hit the road at the end of August for a series of tour and festival dates through October.
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)
Thu 7/21 West Hollywood, CA The Roxy
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 – Sun 9/25 Las Vegas, NV Life Is Beautiful
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