Interpol, who are releasing a tenth anniversary edition of their first record this year, are taking a little break. As they do, the band’s front-man Paul Banks is playing shows in support of his first album under his real name, but his second solo album (after releasing Julian Plenti is … Skyscraper under the name Julian Plenti). We’ve been a bit underwhelmed by the last two Interpol albums, so we didn’t really think we’d care much for Paul Banks’ Banks. But the stoic-singer here puts out some of his best work since 2005’s Antics, including “Arise, Awake,” “Lisbon,” and “Young Again” (above). The songs are decidedly un-Interpol, with stringy-guitar lines and a relatively soft low-end, but Banks’ voice is what carries most of the tunes here and keeps them interesting. And guess what? Paul Banks is playing the Troc this Saturday with support from The Neighbourhood, and we want you to go. To enter to win tickets, email ihopeiwin[at]philebrity[dot]com with “RA RA” in the subject header. You’ll automatically be subscribed to the forthcoming new Philebrity Reader weekly newsletter and win chances for other exclusive free stuff. We’ll pull winners for this on Friday, and don’t forget to get your Wallflowers giveaway entries in by the end of the day.
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