Banks – Terminal 5 – September 30, 2014
“New York, I’d die for you,” shrieked Banks last night to the sold-out Terminal 5 crowd, almost in disbelief to be playing her biggest headlining show in the city to date. And rightly so—it’s been barely 18 months since the once mysterious Californian chanteuse began dropping tracks on Soundcloud and gaining traction after Zane Low featured her on BBC Radio 1. Now, it’s clear that Jillian Rose Banks is a star in the making, building more than just a solid Internet following.
Playing off the theme of her recently released debut album, Banks revealed the growth of a real Goddess. There’s an intimacy to each of her gigs, which makes those in the audience feel like they’re the only ones in the room, as she reveals deeply personal lyrics about love and heartbreak. But don’t be fooled, this is one strong woman who makes it known that she’s a force to be reckoned with through her haunting don’t-fuck-with-me vocals. In fact, Banks went all boss during the title track, “Goddess,” flipping the bird at the crowd as if she were M.I.A. at the Super Bowl.
Having attracted some heavyweight producers for her first record, Banks’ live show really brought the likes of TEED’s production work on “Warm Water” to life. One of the night’s clear highlights was her live take on the brooding track with Sohn, “Waiting Game,” and a surprising rendition of a Fugees’ classic, “Fu-Gee-La.” On a final note, Bank’s hipster-Goth-awkward-dance game is something to rival Lorde’s epic double claw. Just saying. —Pip Cowley