Plenti to enjoy in frontman's solo run
AS frontman of Interpol, Paul Banks is used to playing far bigger venues than this.
The last time he was in Ireland, his band pulled a big crowd to Oxegen's main stage.
With Interpol on temporary hiatus, the English-born, New York-raised singer has resuscitated an old moniker and released a debut album. 'Julian Plenti ... Is Skyscraper' offers far greater rewards than his band's recent offerings. There's warmth to the instrumentation that's not usually to be found on Interpol records.
With a quartet of hired hands in tow, including a cellist, Banks plays the new album in almost its entirety. The more uptempo numbers enjoy a good reaction from the crowd with 'Fun That We Have' especially potent. The sombre, atmospheric 'On the Esplanade' also packs quite a punch with Banks's vocals particularly noteworthy.
One of the album's standouts, 'Unwind', fails to live up to the brass-inflected original. And the moody, creepy 'Girl on the Sporting News' blows hot and cold.
Banks seems to be enjoying himself, thanking the crowd for making his solo European debut one to remember.
No Interpol songs are aired, but Banks finds room for two covers -- the Pixies' 'Into the White' and Neil Young's 'Horse with No Name' which cap off an enjoyable, if wholly unremarkable hour-long set.