Paul Banks on the joys of getting "Logic-ed up" in his hotel room instead of liquored up on tour

Paul Banks is best known as the charismatic frontman of Interpol, an outfit at the center of the so-called "post-punk revival" of the early 2000s. Banks's rich and resonant voice was the perfect match for the dark atmospheres and urgency of Interpol's music. While on tour with the band, Banks had been working on music of his own on the side, and in 2009 he put out his first solo record under the moniker Julian Plenti. This year, Banks discarded the pseudonym for his latest effort, the aptly and simply titled Banks. We recently spoke with Banks while he was taking some time off the road in Panama and discussed his alternate route into atmospheric music, the creative path for his two solo albums and Leonard Cohen.

See also: - Tuesday: Paul Banks at the Bluebird Theater, 11/27/12 - The five best concerts this week: 11/23-11/30

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