“It’s about going from being a romantic who’s a bit naive and hopeful to being a wise woman. But in between you go through pain and you learn people can lie and you learn those hard lessons that are quite painful.” That's the way the Orange County-born musician Jillian Banks a.k.a. Banks introduces her thrid studio album, "III".
After a hefty world tour in 2017 and a couple of more one-off singles (“Crowded Places”, for the HBO series' Girls, and “Underdog”), Banks kept quiet until late last month, when she dropped the first single from "III", “Gimme”.
“It feels kind of like a slap in the face,” she says of the song, explaining that it’s “about having no shame in who you are and being proud of your own desires.”. Banks’ music has always been bold, shadowy and self-empowering (one of her sophomore album's, "The Altar", standouts was called “Fuck with Myself”). But “Gimme” is a decidedly more aggressive beast than any of her previous songs, from its wobbling bass bombs to its unapologetically direct lyrics.
According to a recent TIDAL interview, "it was through that gut instinct writing style that Banks was able to capture a range of different characters on this album, each a different version of herself but all connected to her own experiences. That embrace of life’s nuance is reflected in the style of the songs themselves, which jump from intense experimental tracks, to straightforward ballads, to throbbing club numbers like “Gimme”".