The RZA is about to release new music under a new alias. The Wu-Tang Clan founder has partnered with Interpol frontman Paul Banks to form Banks & Steelz, an alternative pop-rap tandem with a distinctive new sound.
The duo originally formed in 2013 over a game of chess and decided to bring their creative minds together on a project.
“When I met Paul, I recognized the New York energy he has as a music artist,” said RZA. “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,” he continued. “The outcome was something distinctively different from my previous work, yet with another layer of cool.”
Banks and Steelz will release a new song from their upcoming debut album, Anything but Words, called “Giant” on Friday (June 10). The song is a follow-up to their previous single, “Love and War” (featuring Ghostface Killah).
The duo also unveiled the track list to the album as well. The 12-song collection boasts guest appearances from fellow Wu-Tang members Method Man and Masta Killa, pop singer Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine and Kool Keith.
You can catch Banks and Steelz on the road this summer. Peep their itinerary below.
Anything but Words Track List:
2. “Ana Electronic”
3. “Sword In The Stone” (Feat. Kool Keith)
4. “Speedway Sonora”
5. “Wild Season” (Feat. Florence Welch)
6. “Anything but Words”
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)
July 21: Los Angeles, Calif. | The Roxy
Aug. 24: Seattle, Wash. | Crocodile
August 25: – Portland, Ore. | Doug Fir Lounge
August 27: San Francisco, Calif. | Independent
August 28: Los Angeles, Calif. | FYF
August 31: Washington, DC | 9:30 Club
Sept. 1: New York, N.Y. | Bowery Ballroom
Sept. 3: Boston, Mass. | Sinclair
Sept. 6: Toronto, ON | Mod Club
Sept. 8: Chicago, Ill. | Lincoln Hall
Sept. 23-25: Las Vegas, Nev. | Life is Beautiful Festival
Sept. 27: Boulder, Colo. | Fox Theatre
Sept. 30 -Oct. 2: Austin, Texas | ACL
Oct. 7-9: Austin, Texas | ACL
Oct. 9: Phoenix, Ariz. | Crescent Ballroom