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RZA and Paul Banks announce new album “Anything But Words”

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Banks & Steelz – a musical collaboration between Wu Tang Clan’s RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks – have announced that their upcoming debut album will be titled Anything But Words. The duo have also revealed the album’s track-listing (see below), plus special guest appearances by Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, Kool Keith, and  Wu Tan Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Masta Killa.

In addition, Banks & Steelz’s new track “Giant” is available tomorrow Friday June 10th via all digital retailers. “Giant,” which was produced by John Hill and Kid Harpoon (Florence + The Machine), can be heard in a trailer for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, a new video game that will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

“Giant” follows on the heels of the album’s first single “Love and War,” feat. Ghostface Killah, which was released last month. Watch the Reservoir Dogs-inspired video, directed by Arms Race, below.

RZA and Banks first began working on music together in 2013. RZA told Rolling Stone at the time that the idea to collaborate with the Interpol frontman 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.”

In addition to previously announced performances at FYF Fest, Life is Beautiful, and Austin City Limits Music Festival, Banks & Steelz will hit the road in August for a series of tour dates (see below).

Anything but Words Track-Listing
1. Giant
2. Ana Electronic
3. Sword In The Stone (Feat. Kool Keith)
4. Speedway Sonora
5. Wild Season (Feat. Florence Welch)
6. Anything but Words
7. Conceal
8. Love and War (Feat. Ghostface Killah)
9. Can’t Hardly Feel
10. One by One
11. Gonna Make It
12. Point of View (Feat. Method Man and Masta Killa)

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 @ ACL
10/7- 10/9 – Austin, TX @ ACL
10/9 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

Anything But Words is available now for pre-order at iTunesGoogle, and Amazon.


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