RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks to debut first single from collaboration tomorrow

The unlikely pair will join forces to form Banks and Steelz

Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA and Interpol frontman Paul Banks have formed a side project together.

Entitled Banks & Steelz, the unlikely duo will release their first track together on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show tomorrow, reports Pitchfork.

This collaboration has been on the cards for three years, first surfacing in 2013 RZA told Rolling Stone that they were working together. “My manager came to me and said, ‘Who do you want to do an album with?’ I said, “Well, Paul just has an energy about him. I think if we put our sandwich together it will be great.” Me and Paul, we play chess together and just hang out. We went to the studio and we started writing songs and they sound very, very different than what I do, but very unique and very peculiar. But it won’t be out for a while. It may take us a year to finish this album. That’s where my heart is at musically.”


The two have launched a website, which doesn’t give away too much information at the point – although New York, the birthplace of RZA and Interpol’s spiritual home, is incorporated into their band logo. There is also an official Twitter account.

To coincide with tomorrow’s track’s release, the pair have also set up two separate installations in New York and Los Angeles. Lowe tweeted a picture of the latter, located on LA’s famed Fairfax Avenue.