There are Men and There are Giants – Banks & Steelz at the Bowery, 9/1/16
Bowery Ballroom (New York City) – Banks & Steelz, the collaborative effort between RZA (Wu-Tang Clan) and Paul Banks (Interpol), with Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) on drums for the tour, took the dimly blue lit stage, lighting up the cheering crowd and opening with “Point of View.” I immediately knew that the crowd and I were witnessing something special; RZA’s flow was on point, Paul’s dynamic vocals and guitar playing was perfectly balanced, and Matt was killing it on his drum kit! You couldn’t help but move to the music.
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The crowd had an awesome vibe, everyone into the collaboration and appreciating the magic that they were witnessing on the Bowery Ballroom Stage. Just as the beat dropped for “Sword In The Stone.” Kool Keith joined the Trio, uniting two amazing Hometown NYC Hip Hop Artists (RZA – Staten Island & Kool Keith – The Bronx). The second guest appearance was Joan As a Police Woman, who did an amazing job filling Florence Welch’s (Florence & the Machine) on Wild Season – another amazing track on the album.
I had listened to their album “Anything But Words” (just released in August) on Spotify a few times before going to the show; but seeing them perform it live … I was totally blown away. I went down to the merch booth after the show to grab a copy on vinyl and they had sold out of them. You can still get one through their official site (banksandsteelz.com – click on the music tab) as well as digital versions on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.
Point Of View
Sword In The Stone (featuring Kool Keith)
Love + War
Wild Season (featuring Joan As a Police Woman)
Gonna Make It
Can’t Hardly Feel
One By One
Anything But Words
Highlights for me were “Speedway Sonora,” “Sword in the Stone” (featuring Kool Keith), Wild Season (featuring Joan As a Police Woman), “Conceal,” and RZA’s flow on “Giant” was just as smooth and hard-hitting as you would expect from him. One of my hip hop idols, Kool Keith (Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Black Elvis, Ultramagnetic MCs) kicked off the night with DJ Indiana Jones, which set the stage for Banks & Steelz.
Banks & Steelz have been making music together since 2011 and began recording a full album in 2013. They released their debut studio album, Anything But Words, on August 26, 2016. Joining the duo on this tour on drums and featured on their album is the very talented Matt Barrick.