L.A singer-songwriter BANKS is one of the year’s top artists, and her Wednesday night sold-out show at the Commodore Ballroom proved that. Making her Vancouver stop on the Goddess Tour, this is BANKS’ second show in the city this year. And similar to Wednesday’s show, her first headlining gig in May at Venue was also sold-out – all before the release of her debut album, “Goddess”.
The petite Jillian Banks, simply known as BANKS, is unlike most stars these days. Often dressed in black, BANKS loves her fans and tries to show it as much as she can. She is known to have her phone number being publicly available (it’s still on her Facebook page), and often interacts with fans at shows, and Vancouver saw no exception.
Her shadowy silhouette hit the stage, with the BANKS logo as a backdrop, and two band members joined her on either side as she began her set with “Alibi”- the first track of her new album, produced by Sohn. Her dedicated fans were singing along word for word, amidst snapping shots on their phones. To the crowd’s pleasure, BANKS soon began what is arguably one of her biggest singles to date, “This is What it Feels Like”. During and between songs, the songstress would dance around from one side of the stage to the next, reaching out to fans and shaking hands.
“Vancouver, I am so excited to be here on the Goddess Tour. I think every woman is a special f**king powerful goddess,” BANKS said, as the stage dimmed and she sang the album’s title track. Her voice is impeccable throughout the just-over 60 minute show. It’s soulful, and captures the emotions of each lyric as she changes from high pitches to whispers.
BANKS hops on the keyboard for “Fall Over”, before slowly getting into one of her other early singles “Warm Water”- a song she admits that she doesn’t usually perform on tour but she relates Vancouver to her first tour as an opening act with The Weeknd. It was a beautifully performed acoustic track, and a welcome addition to fans. In “Bedroom Wall”, BANKS’ heart-wrenching voice takes over and really shines through, proving again why she is one of the most talented, and best artists of the year.
Before her encore, BANKS performs “Begging for Thread” and leaves the stage for a few minutes while fans cheered for her return. She ended her set with the upbeat “Stick”, while dancing and interacting with fans until the very end of the show. “You guys are perfect,” she said before walking off stage. “Thank you.”
Thank you, BANKS, for another brilliant performance in Vancouver.
Here are some photos and videos from last night’s amazing show.