Banks Doesn’t Hold Back With Serpentina REVIEW+PHOTOS: Banks at Santa Ana Observatory, May 27th, 2022
SANTA ANA, CA- One thing about Banks is that every piece of work is worth the wait. After taking a three-year hiatus post releasing III, Banks emerged mid-2021 with “The Devil”, the first enticing single off of her upcoming LP. About two months ago, she dropped her much anticipated fourth album Serpentina and it certainly did not disappoint her eagerly awaiting fans.
Jillian Banks, aka “Banks”, creates tunes that are a masterful blend of pop, R&B, and underlying electronic rhythms. Standouts on Serpentina like “F*ck Love”, “Meteorite”, and “Holding Back” highlights her elevated sound and haunting lyrics. Banks isn’t afraid to pen vulnerable songs about the ups and downs of love, mental health, and self-image. However, on Serpentina, she sings about the struggles of being newly diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and the anxiety attacks that ensued. Without hesitation, Banks bares her soul to the world which in turn, garners her faithful fans who connect deeply to her music.
Kicking off her second night of the Serpentina tour, Banks performed to a sold-out crowd at the Santa Ana Observatory. Opening her set with “Misunderstood” and “Meteorite”, Banks commanded the stage while accompanied by two dancers wearing head-to-toe black mesh body suits. Even though Serpentina was just recently released, that didn’t deter her dedicated fans from knowing every syllable of her new singles. Banks’ audience always has consisted of dedicated fans who are thoroughly entranced by her choreography, incredible live vocals, and humble demeanor. It’s not hard to understand this infatuation that they have for her. She’s somewhat soft-spoken but displays a more bold side of her personality through her choreography and movement.
Banks rounded out the end of her set with crowd favorites like “Gimme”, “Underdog”, and “Beggin For Thread”. These popular singles reminded spectators of her dominating presence in the pop music realm since 2014 when she released her debut album Goddess. Serpentina solidifies why Banks is one of alternative pop’s most beloved artists and unmatched performers. Banks provides her audience with the much-needed music to cope with the everchanging world we currently live in and her shows give everyone one night to engulf themselves in her universe.
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