Paul Banks & The Carousels
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"Songwriter Paul Banks is another Austin force to be reckoned with . . . His favorite songwriter is Paul Simon, but Banks' voice has supreme range. He can go from sounding like a folk-singer Strokes frontman to a gorgeous Roy Orbison to stripped down Muse. There is an epic sweep to Banks' songs . . ."
-San Antonio Express News
"Banks' melodies are beautifully mesmerizing."
-The Austin Chronicle
". . . haunting, inspiring, and pensive without ever crossing the line into self-indulgence."
-mxdwn.com (Los Angeles)
"Banks, whose backup vocals can be heard on the latest album by fellow Austinites ...And You Will know Us by the Trail of Dead, says he enjoys incorporating a pretty/gritty duality in his songwriting. [He] fuses a Freddie Mercury vocal delivery and a Paul Simon songwriting approach with surprisingly pleasing results."
-Austin Monthly Magazine
"Banks is an extraordinary talent. He has a deep connection with many styles of melody – whether pop- or rock-based, or sometimes even classic sounds harkening back to those larger-than-life performances of big band jazz. It’s that huge. Because of this, Banks pushes his vocals to an entirely differently level, without reserve, thoughtfully capturing moments in time."
"The first time I heard Paul Banks sing, I told him I wanted to marry his voice."
-Laurie Gallardo, Texas Music Matters (syndicated NPR)
"The perfect swell . . . songsmith Paul Banks and his Carousels quartet build mesmerizing pop wrought with vocals that split the difference between Rufus Wainwright and Jeff Buckley."
-The Austin Chronicle, show recommendation
#3 Best Album of 2010 [Yelling at the Sun, by Paul Banks & The Carousels]
-Texas Music Magazine Critic's list