Banks & Steelz -a musical collaboration between Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks – have released the title track from their forthcoming album, “Anything But Words.”

Produced by Banks & Steelz and Ari Levine, the new song finds Paul Banks wailing alongside his guitar, “I believe that someone can be brave on this green Earth/ But maybe I’m wrong/ Aim for the sun/ Out in the freezing rain I will stay on the streets all day/ Until my cup runneth over”. On the inspiration behind the lyrics to the verses, RZA revealed to Pitchfork:

The foundation of the lyrics was inspired by the energy of Malibu, and combined with the idea of myself, and the idea of man himself. I was inspired to write the second verse as if a man is reflecting upon his life…

But I think the line that really resonated is when I said that we give man the wisdom to be a carpenter, a gardener, a mother, a daughter, a father, a priest, king, or warrior. The point being made is that beyond the gender of it, man is a mother, man is a father, man is a warrior, man is a scholar…The ability of a person to choose any path he wants to labor is in him.

Anything But Words will be released on August 26th and features other appearances by Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, Kool Keith, and Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Masta Killa. They will kick off release week with a series of tour and festival dates through October. Tracklisting and dates below.

The two began working on music together in 2013 where 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 told Rolling Stone. “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.”

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:

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             Las Vegas, NV              Life Is Beautiful Festival

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 .

“Anything But Words” is available for streaming/purchase at http://smarturl.it/abw.track.

For tickets and to stay connected with Banks & Steelz, visit http://www.banksandsteelz.com.

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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