We had a band meeting where I said, “OK, I’m going to be Julian Plenti,” and they said, “Dude, we’re all being ourselves, so why don’t you drop the fucking weird name and just use your real name?” So I said, “All right, I’ll use Julian Plenti for my solo work, and I’ll be Paul Banks for the band.” And then Carlos fucking became Carlos D, and it was like, “Well, shouldn’t you be Carlos Dengler if I’m fucking Paul Banks?” Whatever.

Paul Banks on his Julian Plenti moniker

I’m the type of person that’s excited to see Beyoncé tomorrow but Gaga is also in town and will be performing literally 5 minutes away and the thought of traffic post-show is giving me anxiety.