Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA has teamed up with Interpol frontman Paul Banks as a collaborative duo known as Banks & Steelz.
This week, the pair debuted their first song, “Love and War”, which will appear on a full-length project that will follow later this year.
Additionally, a video for single will premiere online this week, as well as two pop-up storefront installations at 410 N. Fairfax Los Angeles, CA 90036 and 154 Orchard St, NY, NY 10002.
“For love sometimes we find ourselves at war and the combatants may do anything to win,” RZA says of the song. “For me love is worth fighting for, as long as love is not lost.”
RZA and Banks first began working on music together in 2013. At the time, the rapper/producer told Rolling Stone to idea to collaborate with Banks came 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 said. “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.”
Banks & Steelz will perform at FYF Fest 2016 in Los Angeles at the end of August and at the Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin in the fall.
Stay tuned for further info…