BANKS live at Rough Trade
Banks released her album on September 9th and she chose to celebrate this event at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, half-way between her home in L.A. and London, the place where her career started. The price: buying one album per person (which means we have now three of them, but Christmas is around the corner, so that’s ok).
Rough Trade has a beautiful stage, much smaller than Terminal 5 where she plays on September 30. In fact, this may have been the last chance to see her in an intimate setting, which suits her well as an artist who seeks a personal connection to her audience. She treated us like a group of friends, selected to celebrate a special moment with her.
She played a short set of five songs (my favorite Waiting Game was not among them) in special, kind of acoustic, versions: a deliberate choice, as she was accompanied by the same two-piece band like in her bigger shows. Typically, I’m not a fan of of such things, but for some reason it worked very well that night.
How does Banks compare to a FKA twigs show? First, nothing really compares to a twigs show, but then Banks takes more the position of a classic jazz singer, who puts the delivery of the song front and center. And she does this with sometimes almost unbearable intensity: the closer, Brain, gave me the shivers.