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Paul Banks


Best known while Interpol’s distinctive baritone vocalist, Paul Banking institutions was a vocalist/songwriter in his personal right before signing up for that band. Through the middle-’90s, he used the alias Julian Plenti to execute as an acoustic single artist at NY venues like the Knitting Manufacturing plant and Tobacco Street. Around that point, Banks went into his aged friend, guitarist/vocalist Daniel Kessler, and became a member of his up-and-coming music group Interpol. Because the group worked well its method from eight-track demos in the past due ’90s to putting your signature on with Matador Information in 2002, Banking institutions continued to create and perform his single material. Nevertheless, as Interpol’s popularity and period commitments grew following the release of the debut album, Start the Bright Lamps, the solo function was placed on the trunk burner. 3 years and two Interpol albums later on, Banking institutions revisited the Julian Plenti materials, demoing fresh and old tunes using the saving software Reasoning Pro; in 2008, he documented final versions of the music with string and brass areas, also recruiting close friends like Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, Ratatat’s Mike Stroud, Stiff Jesus’ Striker Manley, as well as the Occasion’s Charles Burst. The outcomes, Julian Plenti Is certainly Skyscraper, found its way to summertime 2009. Interpol’s self-titled 4th album found its way to 2010, and noticed the music group touring behind it into 2011. In 2012, following a ten-year wedding anniversary luxurious reissue of Shiny Lights, Banks came back to his single profession, issuing the Julian Plenti Lives EP — which highlighted covers of music by J Dilla and Frank Sinatra — under his very own name that June and pursuing it using the merely named Banks record that October. Banking institutions took a stage into the globe of hip-hop in 2013, launching a mixtape entitled Everybody on My Dick Like They Said to be. It featured performances by Talib Kweli, El-P, Great Prizm, and Mike G. That same season, he began documenting materials with Wu-Tang Clan head RZA. Their collaborative initiatives were revealed in 2016 as Banking institutions & Steelz. Merging Banking institutions’ baritone and electric guitar with RZA’s creation and rhymes, NOT Words found its way to August 2016 and highlighted guest performances by Ghostface Killah, Kool Keith, Technique Guy, Masta Killa, and Florence Welch.

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Full Name Paul Banks
Profession Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Lyricist
Education New York University, ASF Mexico
Nationality English, American
Partner Helena Christensen, Helena Christensen
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
Music Groups Interpol, Banks & Steelz
Music Songs Obstacle 1, All the Rage Back Home, Summer Well, My Desire, Slow Hands, Rest My Chemistry, Everything Is Wrong, Evil, No I in Threesome, Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down, C'Mere, The Heinrich Maneuver, Take You on a Cruise, Barricade, PDA, Lights, Pioneer to the Falls, Obstacle 2, NARC, Not Even Jail, Pace Is the Trick, Song Seven, Public Pervert, Leif Erikson, Games for Days, Giant, A Time to Be So Small, My Blue Supreme, Untitled, Twice as Hard, Specialist, Wild Season
Albums El Pintor, Everybody on My Dick Like They Supposed to Be, Julian Plenti Lives..., Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper, Our Love to Admire, Turn on the Bright Lights, Fukd ID #3, Banks, paul banks

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1 Is close friend with actor Norman Reedus.
2 He and fellow bandmates are currently on break from touring. [October 2005]
3 Came up with the idea for the band name "Interpol" because his Spanish speaking friends would teasingly call him "Pol, Pol, Interpol". "Pol" is Paul in Spanish.
4 Has lived in various parts of the world: he was born in England, lived in Spain for a few years, attended high school in Mexico, studied abroad in France, and currently resides in the United States.
5 Used to work for Interview Magazine.



The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2014 performer - 1 episode, 2012
Conan 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Melt with You 2011 writer: "Skyscraper"
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kaboom 2010 writer: "Song Seven" - as Paul Julian Banks
SGU Stargate Universe TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Avere ventanni 2004 TV Series documentary writer: "Lenght of Love"



I Touch a Red Button 2011 Short



The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest: Banks & Steelz
Late Show with David Letterman 2012-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
Do You Love Me Like I Love You, Part 6: The Good Son 2010 Documentary short Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Backstage Pass 2007 TV Series Himself
Musikprogrammet - programmet om musik 2005 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Interpol
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2005 TV Series Himself

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1 Goatee and mustache
2 His husky and whine voice when singing
3 Cigarettes
4 Charismatic smile
5 Very apparent dark circles

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