Here's a test to see whether or not you're a regular R29 reader: How familiar are you with BANKS? Those who are likely know that we've been sweating her moody brand of dark soul for awhile now
, jumping on any excuse to turn on her tracks.
Yet, if you didn't tune into her sounds from us, BANKS will soon become a household name — at least in houses filled with music lovers. In fact, her tour schedule is bonkers: This summer, find her at all the major festivals — including Sasquatch!, Governors Ball, and Bonnaroo —plus a slew of dates in Europe.
BANKS is the one dark spot on a bright landscape — in the best way ever. With her streamlined black outfits and an evocative, blues-tinged voice, she stands in stark contrast to the bright neons, face paint, dance music, and clap-a-longs found at fests. Ahead, more with the songstress herself.
Photographed by Nina Westervelt