Paul Banks - Julian Plenti Lives ...

Interpol’s Paul Banks has an EP out today called Julian Plenti Lives …, and in celebration of that he’s letting go of that release’s second track, a lush, multi-chambered rocker called “Summertime Is Coming.” Download it below.

Julian Plenti Lives … is out today on Matador. Look for a full-length this fall.

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  1. really like the little breakdown at about the 2:11 mark. interesting structure and dynamic shifts. but paul banks singing about summer is just kind of strange like seeing dracula in church.also i thought “Julian Plenti….is Skyscraper” was terribly under-appreciated record

    • Agreed!!! I think that it would have gotten more attention if it was released in any other year besides 2009. No Chance Survival might be my favorite song that he has written, including his work with Interpol.

      • effing LOVE that song. although i can’t say it’s better than anything on the first 2 Interpol records. I can say that it beats the living dogshit out of everything (except Barricade) off the s/t album.

        • Haha yeah, that album is pretty frustrating. I think that a lot of the songs are bursting with potential and have exciting elements but one or two things don’t quite line up. I think that Peter Katis might have been the missing piece of the puzzle as he helped out on the first two records and Banks’ solo record but was absent for the third and fourth records. He seems to have a pretty stellar track record with those records and the National’s discography attached to his resume.

          • you have a point with Katis. he clearly recognized the brilliance of Carlos D and kept him up in the mix and then poof! gone from the 3rd and 4th records. But Carlos D ‘s also a D-bag and was likely checked-out after the 2nd album anyway.

  2. Well, Carlos D was responsible for alot of the extra instrumental arrangements on those records, so I think that his energy went more towards that and as a result, his bass playing became more of an anchor for the sound than a catalyst for progression. It does suck that their rhythm section suffered on Our Love to Admire and that the album is a relatively lackluster collection of songs, but I have grown to love that album for its production and the beauty if does offer in various spots throughout. Maybe Katis would have helped reign in the arrangements for more concision in the songwriting.

  3. Excellent song! When Banks absorbs himself in the song and lets it wash over him in his own cinematic way, the results are infinitely more impacting. This clearly happens in the 3rd act of this track. This could have easily fell on the cutting room floor during the Turn On The Bright Lights recordings.

    • doesn’t really sound a thing like anything on TOTBL but alright!

    • I’ts funny you should say that… check out this interview from 2005

      “Bright nights
      Interpol in the small hours; Broken River Prophet at T.T.’s

      The rooster wasn’t crowing yet, but it was wind-down time — 4 a.m. — and somehow I’d wound up sitting in some house in Brighton with Interpol’s Paul Banks, who was helping my band mate work out the chords to John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” The rest of Interpol — or at least bassist Carlos D. and guitarist Daniel Kessler — were holed up with most of the partiers in an upstairs bedroom with a stereo, and the house was a mess of passed-out revelers and empty PBR cans. But down in the living room, Ted Billings, my brother-in-arms, was fiddling on an Ibanez while Banks offered chord suggestions. Eventually they got it, and they celebrated — Ted, Paul, unidentified-girl-with-Paul — with a sing-along. Then Banks grabbed the Ibanez and started strumming an interesting progression I couldn’t quite place. What was it? “It’s called ‘Summertime Is Coming.’ ” By who? He smiled: “By me.” I’m not sure which was the more surprising: that Banks was strumming new Interpol songs at dawn in Brighton — instead of, say, assisting suicides or whatever antics they’re assumed to be up to in their off-hours — or that there’s a new Interpol song with the word “Summertime” in it.


      On another note. OLTA and the S/T albums were amazing, period.

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