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- Posted on Nov 19th 2009 12:00PM by Linda Laban
"When I was in college I started enacting a few alter egos," the New York-based singer and guitarist explains. "This is the kind of neo-folk-rock alter ego." So does Banks have any more alter egos still lurking? "There are, yes, but I would not disclose them. They would just be alongside a title of a record some day."
So, can fans expect a heavy metal alter ego perhaps? "No, no. There's kind of an instrumental alter ego. In fact, when I shopped Julian Plenti, I shopped that too," he says. "It's a different genre, without vocals. I think vocal stuff is more accessible to people," he adds of why the Plenti project was greenlit over the instrumental one.
Banks feels that this split alter-personality recording, a sort of multiple-David Bowie syndrome, so to speak, is necessary because blending his lo-fi folk and techy electronic sides would confuse most listeners. For the time being, Banks went with simple. "For this round, I decided to keep it separate," he says. "The other stuff is on the shelf for the moment."