Banks & Steelz release a “Giant” [video]

 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:

  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)

Tour dates:

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


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

“Giant” is available now at Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Soundcloud and YouTube.

For tickets and to stay connected with Banks & Steelz, visit

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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