April 1, 2014

hmv reviews… BANKS @ London's KOKO
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hmv reviews… BANKS @ London's KOKO

Banks, the sultry songstress who wowed everyone last year with her 'LONDON' EP, played the first of two sold-out shows at London's KOKO last night (March 31st) and we were there to review things.



BANKS. Or Jillian Banks as it says on her birth certificate. The singer, perennially clad in black, who wound up coming third on the BBC's Sound Of 2014 list.



KOKO. Camden's own palace.


Was it full? And how were the crowd?

It was sold out and bustling with people, and from the second the lights went down, the crowd were in the palm of BANKS' elegant hands, a feeling that only grew as the set went on.


So what was the set like? What did she play?

Kicking off with early track 'Before I Ever Met You', the singer delivered a 50-minute set, which pretty much showcased every one of her tracks that's out there along with a couple of new ones, including the particularly brilliant 'Stick'. The set included the whole of her 'LONDON' EP, with 'This Is What It Feels Like' and 'Change' going down superbly.


Any good between song banter?

BANKS was clearly very nervous, so kept the banter to the bare minimum, just a few stops to say thank you, which is always nice.


Any Covers?

Two, she did a stripped back version of Aaliyah's 'Are You That Somebody' with just enough of the original sass left in, and she closed her set with a cover of The Weeknd's soulful lament 'What You Need', which was completely stunning.


Did she put on much of a show?

Some very pretty lights and some dry ice, nothing else was required.


What was the highlight of the set?

The whole thing was one big highlight, but 'Brain' stands out as a truly spellbinding, hairs standing up on the back of the neck moment, full of wonder.


Where can I catch her next?

She'll be all over the festival circuit come summer time hopefully, but so far her next UK show will be at Lovebox Festival.


BANKS' debut album will be released later this year, you can check out her 'London' EP and new single 'Brain' in our download store here.

BANKS - Brain (Official Video)

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