P.T. Banks’ Real Love

Local songsmith outs BS in “Resurrection” video premiere

Banks (center), with Mathew Shepherd and Christopher Cox (right)
Banks (center), with Mathew Shepherd and Christopher Cox (right) (by Jackie Gilles)

First thing you’ll note about Austin troubadour PT Banks is his voice – a piercing arrow of warmth and melancholy. Takes more than pretty pipes to sing a love song, however.

Banks’ latest single “Resurrection” finds the indie rock songsmith holding love songs to a higher standard, indicting sappy singers about shallowness, while challenging himself for more honesty: “All the lovers sing without loving/ And all the lovers sing without song/ And all the lovers scratch out a memory, an echo, of what was purely born.”

“It’s commentary about BS in art, BS in life, and mostly about BS in purporting to love people on the surface without having a concept of what love really is,” explains the Texas native. “It’s calling out myself and others, and all of us about being real and really loving.”

The track lives on P.T. Banks’ new album Moonlight is Sunlight, follow-up to 2011’s similarly solar Yelling at the Sun (released as Paul Banks & the Carousels). Banks’ “P.T.” crew features the rhythm section of Christopher Cox and Matthew Shepherd providing a sturdy backbone for the frontman’s echoing guitar and leaping vocal melodies.

In the video for “Resurrection,” Banks pounds the pavement of Austin’s urban walkways with guitar in hand, serenading the sunset and multiplying to play backup for himself as he sings to young woman.

“The multiple versions kind of play into the idea of not knowing your true self and playing different roles and being narcissistic,” says Banks of the clip. “It’s just about finding real integrity and real love. Not necessarily romantic love, just love for people in general.”

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