Paul Banks and RZA Debut ‘Giant,’ Announce Album + Tour
The new single combines the rapper’s assured, rapid delivery with Banks’ cool-as-a-cucumber baritone over 8-bit flourishes and frenetic beats. RZA spits a brief history of hip-hop (“… Started on the East Coast / Then it moved west / Now down to ’Bama”) and Banks croons in the silky chorus, “I’ve stopped announcing I will play this game that so easily started, not so easily parted.”
The duo, going by Banks & Steelz, also announced their full-length LP in a press release. Anything But Words will feature 11 tracks, including lead single “Love + War.” Fellow Wu Tang members Method Man, Masta Killa and Ghostface Killah team up with the twosome for the album, as do Florence Welch and Kool Keith.
Banks & Steelz emerge after three years of songwriting between the pair, who were introduced by RZA’s manager.
"When I met Paul, I recognized the New York energy he has as a music artist," RZA told Rolling Stone in 2013. "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."
Banks & Steelz 2016 Tour Dates
7/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
8/24 Seattle, WA – Crocodile
8/25 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
8/27 San Francisco, CA – Independent
8/28 Los Angeles, CA – FYF
8/31 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
9/1 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
9/3 Boston, MA – Sinclair
9/6 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
9/8 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
9/23 - 9/25 Las Vegas, NV – Life is Beautiful Festival
9/27 Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
9/30 - 10/2 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10/7 - 10/9 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10/9 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Summer 2016 Music Festival Guide