By Robyn Collins
Interpol’s Paul Banks and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA started a new partnership called Banks and Steelz. The first track “Love + War” features Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah, and premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. Now they have a video to go with the new song.
RZA revealed to Rolling Stone that he and Banks were working on music together in 2013. The rapper explained how the project came about: “My manager came to me and said, ‘Who do you want to do an album with?’ I said, ‘Well, Paul just has an energy about him. I think if we put our sandwich together it will be great.’ Me and Paul, we play chess together and just hang out. We went to the studio and we started writing songs and they sound very, very different than what I do, but very unique and very peculiar.”
The new video pays tribute to an iconic scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. RZA has also worked with Tarantino before, for example, on the soundtracks the Kill Bill film series.
Banks and Steelz are scheduled to play sets at FYF Fest in Los Angeles in August, Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas in September and Austin City Limits Festival in October. The duo has also set up pop-up installations in New York City and Los Angeles. Their debut album is coming later in 2016.