Interpol is an American rock band from New York City. Formed in 1997, the band’s original line-up consisted of Paul Banks (vocals, guitar), Daniel Kessler (guitar, vocals), Carlos Dengler (bass guitar, keyboards) and Greg Drudy (drums, percussion). Drudy left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Sam Fogarino. In 2010, shortly after recording finished for the band’s fourth album, Dengler left to pursue personal projects.
Having first performed at Luna Lounge along with other notable bands like The Strokes, Longwave, The National and Stellastarr, they are one of the bands associated with the New York City indie music scene, and was one of several groups that emerged from the post-punk revival of the 2000s. The band’s sound is generally a mix of staccato bass and rhythmic, harmonized guitar, with a snare heavy mix, drawing comparisons to post-punk bands such as Joy Division and The Chameleons. Aside from the lyrics, their songwriting method includes all of the band members, rather than relying on any given chief songwriter.
The band are set to release their long-awaited new album El Pintor on 8 September and today we’re getting our first proper taste from it in the form of ‘All the Rage Back Home’. It’s got Paul Banks’ signature deep croon ala Turn on the Bright Lights in the way the song is both moody and upbeat. The song was premiered earlier on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show, and you can check out the music video for it below:
The album is officially released on September 8, but fans can listen to a stream of the album via NPR. The record features new songs ‘Anywhere’ and ‘All The Rage Back Home’, which are on the band’s fifth studio album, following 2010’s ‘Interpol’.
Interpol will embark on a short tour of the UK and Ireland next year, playing London’s Roundhouse on February 6-7, Manchester Albert Hall (8) and Dublin Olympia (10-11). The shows will take place as part of a wider European tour in support of their new album.
Interpol share new song ‘Ancient Ways’
The first line of the new Interpol song, ‘Ancient Ways’, simply says “ooooh, fuck the ancient ways!” so it’s pretty intense. Thundering drums and driving guitars power through the song, a pumped-up version of their trademark sound. Old school Interpol fans should love this one quite a bit (I know I do), and you can stream it for yourself.