"Never living slowly and still as devious as ever"
If you’ve read Lizzy Goodman’s brilliant bible on the rebirth of rock n’ roll in turn of the century New York ‘Meet Me In The Bathroom‘, then you’ll be well aware of Interpol‘s place in indie history as the scene swept the globe. From their inception through to their flawless debut ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’, they matched the hedonism of their peers with an artfully menacing approach. There’s a quote from frontman Paul Banks from around that time: “Death isn’t a reason to live slowly. It’s justification for a decadent lifestyle.”
Perhaps they were the words of a man expecting to burn out, rather than keep the fire burning for nearly two decades. From there, the confident expansion of ‘Antics’ saw them further establish themselves as fathers of the field and indie dancefloor infiltrators with the likes of ‘Slow Hands’ and ‘Evil’, ‘Our Love To Admire’ invited orchestral flourishes on their major label debut, and their awkward self-titled album found them a little lost and without vampiric bassist Carlos D. Their last effort, 2014’s ‘El Pintor‘ was the sound of a band revitalised and reborn – hailed across the board as “a return to form”. Can they remain on top of their game?
The first taste of sixth LP ‘Marauder‘ comes with ‘The Rover’. Unmistakable Daniel Kessler fretmanship and Sam Fogarino’s kraut-influenced beats introduce the single with the immediacy that found them fame on ‘Antics’, before Banks arrives with a vocal bursting with compulsion – sounding like an enraged drifter on prowl: “Maybe it’s time, you can’t stick to the highways, it’s suicide.“
“I’m welling up with excitement again – it makes me love you, you need to tell your friends,” he continues. Amen. They remain on form. ‘The Rover’ is a track without relent. A rush of dark rock n’ roll from returning masters – never living slowly and still as devious as ever.
Watch the Interpol press conference to announce the record below: