Her name is Banks and she should be on your your radar by now. If not, no worries we have you covered—you won’t lose any indie points yet.
Jillian Rose Banks, known by her fans as BANKS, started gaining buzz in 2013 when she toured internationally with The Weekend. Since then she’s performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy and the Divergent soundtrack.
BANKS makes beautifully haunting pop music that is intricate and witchy (check out tracks titled Haunt and Poltergeist). If you’re a fan of Halsey, you’ll definitely vibe with banks, as they both deliver the edginess mainstream pop needs.
She doesn’t shy away from talking about serious issues like depression and emotion in her lyrics, which is an important for a mainstream artist to address.
“I think there’s this stigma and this fear. I’ve experienced it in business as a woman; people call you emotional when you’re just saying what you want. It’s actually not emotional, it’s just factual. And I think people kind of put this projection onto women like they’re being hysterical, bitchy or like a diva when they’re just working and being strong. I think it’s not only important to be connected to your emotions, but also to not feel like you’re being emotional when you’re not. [Learning] that has actually really helped me to feel empowered,” as told to ID magazine.
On her newest release, The Altar, she belts out assertive, sneering lyrics on the lead single, “Fuck With Myself,” that just might prove her edginess the key to her longevity.
Her name is Banks and she’s on her way to becoming a bonafide pop icon, so you’d better not forget her name.