PHOTO BY: Alex Connor
When every summer starts it is like a presage of great things to come… In Barcelona, some of the most important music festivals in Europe like Primavera Sound and Sonar take control of the city. Every year the summer season opens with a lot of energy… a good way to connect with new sounds, people and also with our favourite artists.
This year we had the honor to meet the great artist, musician, songwriter, Dj and lead singer of the excellent band INTERPOL Mr. Paul Julian Banks in backstage! In this encounter, few minutes before the show at Primavera Sound 2015, Paul was glad to choose his new pair of WILDE SUNGLASSES
Paul Banks at Wilde Backstage 2015 Barcelona – Primavera Sound 2015 – Wearing our Classic model 168 Black Matte
We proudly present a new chapter of Wilde Backstage. A music corner dedicated to our favourites artists online, organised by our friend photographer Alex Connor for Wilde Sunglasses.
With special thanks to La Embajada Trópical, Reinaldo Rojas, Estrella Benito and Paulo Pinto for this special meeting.
Paul Banks Life at Live @ Rock am Ring 2015 – Wearing Our classic model 168 matte.
Date: 6 June 2015, 17:09:20
Own work: Andreas Lawen, Fotandi
Paul Julian Banks:
(Born 3 May 1978) is an English American musician, singer, songwriter and DJ. He is best known as the lead vocalist, lyricist and guitarist of the rock band Interpol. Banks previously released an album named Julian Plenti is… Skyscraper in early August 2009 under the name Julian Plenti. His solo material is now recorded under the name of Paul Banks. As a singer, Banks’ voice lies in the baritone range
Interpol is an American rock band from New York City. Formed in 1997, the band’s original line-up consisted of Paul Banks (vocals, guitar), Daniel Kessler (guitar, vocals), Carlos Dengler (bass guitar, keyboards) and Greg Drudy (drums, percussion). Drudy left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Sam Fogarino. In 2010, shortly after recording finished for the band’s fourth album, Dengler left to pursue personal projects.
Having first performed at Luna Lounge along with other notable bands like The Strokes, Longwave, The National and Stellastarr, they are one of the bands associated with the New York City indie music scene, and was one of several groups that emerged from the post-punk revival of the 2000s. The band’s sound is generally a mix of staccato bass and rhythmic, harmonized guitar, with a snare heavy mix, drawing comparisons to post-punk bands such as Joy Division and The Chameleons. Aside from the lyrics, their songwriting method includes all of the band members, rather than relying on any given chief songwriter.
The band’s debut album Turn on the Bright Lights (2002) was critically acclaimed, making it to tenth position on the NME’s list of top albums in 2002 as well as No. 1 on Pitchfork Media’s Top 50 Albums of 2002. Subsequent records Antics (2004) and Our Love to Admire (2007) brought them greater critical and commercial success. The band released its fourth, self-titled album on September 7, 2010. The band went on hiatus from 2011 through 2012 while they focused on other projects. Their fifth studio album El Pintor was released on September 9, 2014.