Jacob Banks with Jamie N Commons
Fri, Feb 15 9:00 pm
Jacob Banks: Buoyed by the smashing success of his recent trio of EPs – The Monologue, The Paradox and The Boy Who Cried Freedom – Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter Jacob Banks releases his eagerly awaited full album debut, Village, November 2nd on Interscope. The 14-track disc is a sprawling, deeply immersive experience on which Banks’ throaty, expressive baritone weaves its way through a mesmerizing mix of musical styles and textures. But whether he’s riding a hip-hop groove, fiercely updating soul or jamming to neo-blues, the connective tissue throughout the album is Banks’ profound commitment to exploring human themes through his vibrant and insightful storytelling. Jamie N Commons: There's a billboard for 'Skyscraper', the summer blockbuster starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson down the street from Jamie N Commons' house. You wouldn't know from the poster, but Jamie composed the music for it. Living alone in the depths of Historic Filipino Town, the blues-y troubadour has been quietly developing an impeccable reputation as a go-to songwriter for hire by the movie, TV and advertising world. Quiet and humble, he doesn't brag about it. Unless he's in the pub with some other Englishmen - like he was yesterday - watching England's soccer team in the World Cup and explaining who he is. He pointed at a trailer on the TV behind the bar. It was for 'Skyscraper'. “I did the music for that,” he said, proudly.