“Fine Mess” continues the invigorated creative spirit of 2018’s triumphant ‘Marauder’, presenting Interpol at their most urgent and essential – with Paul Banks’ feverish vocals and haunted lyrics telling of “a sanguine and starry pair, buoyed and dashed alike by their own dreams and appetites” interlocking with Daniel Kessler’s serpentine riffs and Sam Fogarino’s thundering rhythm section, distilled around the seditious refrain: “you and me / make a fine mess.”
Ahead of a busy worldwide tour and festival season with Primavera, NOS Primavera, and Best Kept Secret already announced, “Fine Mess” is further testament to a band at their peak, and the first chapter in what promises to be yet another eventful year for Interpol.
Following this summer’s release of Marauder, Interpol has debuted a series of track reworks in collaboration with artists Pêtr Aleksänder, DJ Dodger Stadium, and today a new take on “Party’s Over” by NAAFI-affiliate Lao. The remix is available on your preferred streaming service, as well as YouTube below.
Interpol recently announced further touring plans for 2019, including Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado with support from Car Seat Headrest and Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta alongside Lucy Dacus and Liz Phair.
As we reach the end of 2018, it would not be an exaggeration to say we’re in the midst of many difficult moments in human history. The icecaps are melting. America is on the brink of a constitutional crisis. You can’t walk 15 feet in any major metropolis without breaking your neck on a discarded scooter. Your personal data (including everything we collect in this campaign) is being used for nefarious means. Nearly 15% of the public believes we actually told someone to “sound more like Adele.” Nearly $40 million was spent to produce “The Hurricane Heist”
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Interpol returned to “Later… with Jools Holland” (BBC) this week with a striking performance in black & white of “The Rover”, from their critically acclaimed new album ‘Marauder’. Alongside, the band have released a new version of “If You Really Love Nothing” by Pêtr Aleksänder, the duo of London musicians Tom Hobden and Eliot James, which sees the anthemic song reimagined as a transcendent, string-laden opus.
Last night Interpol made a welcome return to the British airwaves, cutting through the ten o’clock ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ broadcast with a blistering rendition of ‘The Rover’
14 years have passed since Interpol’s first performance on BBC 2’s premier musical showcase, with not a beat missed inbetween. Check out footage from the live broadcsast below
In other news, Interpol will take part in a specially curated live ‘Ghost Session’ in conjunction with ARTE Films, in Paris tomorrow. The broadcast goes out at 19:30 CEST / 18:30 BST / 13:30 EDT and will be available to stream here.
“We were thinking about remixers like Frankie Knuckles when we approached this one. A guy like that could take a song from any genre and make these incredible grooved out dub versions of his own. We looked at our remix of “The Rover” like that… just trying to build something that could be played in a club late at night.”+- DJDS
Interpol have shared a new remix of “The Rover” by electronic production duo DJDS aka DJ Dodger Stadium (Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy, known for their work with Kanye West, Khalid, Vic Mensa and others), the first in a series of remixes from their critically acclaimed new album ‘Marauder’. The infectious rework sees Balearic synth stabs and undulating rhythm serve as the backdrop to Paul Banks’ haunting vocals and lyrics of an elusive cult leader.
On Tuesday night, Interpol performed “If You Really Love Nothing” from ‘Marauder’ on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers”. The band’s global touring run re-commences tomorrow night in Dallas and a Chicago date has been added February 7 (tickets are on sale today ).
Interpol are this month’s Q Magazine cover stars, and have teamed up with the publication to bring you a special collectors edition package.
Available to order today from the Matador UK & EU stores, is a bundle containing an alternative, special-run Q Magazine cover co-designed by the band, and a copy of the limited edition 7″ ‘All At Once’
This is a limited edition bundle and wont be available to purchase in any retail shop.
Tickets are on sale this morning for the newly-announced dates leading up to Interpol’s performance at Madison Square Garden with Car Seat Headrest and Snail Mail on February 16, 2019. After releasing the new music video for Marauder-opener “If You Really Love Nothing” yesterday, Interpol began their North American headlining dates last night at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer, and will play their album release show at Brooklyn’s House of Vans tonight. The first part of that show will be live-streamed beginning at 9:45pm EDT via the band’s YouTube and Facebook channels.
Interpol’s Marauder is finally out tomorrow, and to preview their first LP in four years, they’ve shared the video for album-opener “If You Really Love Nothing.” The video, directed by Hala Matar, stars Kristen Stewart and Finn Wittrock.
Interpol kicks off their North American headlining dates with a sold out show at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer tonight, before playing their Marauder release show at Brooklyn’s House of Vans tomorrow night. The first five tracks of their set tomorrow will be live-streamed from the band’s Facebook and YouTube channel, beginning at 9:45pm EDT.
Upcoming Tour Dates, In Bold On Sale Tomorrow at 10am Local Time
Interpol have confirmed 9 additional headlining dates early next year capped off with the previously announced show at Madison Square Garden on February 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am local time.
To celebrate the release of ‘Marauder’ on August 24th, Interpol have just announced two extremely special, extremely limited shows to take place in the UK during release week.
On Wednesday, August 29th the band will play a special performance in Kingston, in conjunction with Banquet Records. Tickets go on sale at 11:00 BST on Monday, August 6th. Full details are available here
Rough Trade East will host a second performance the following day – Thursday, August 30th. Pre-order ‘Marauder’ now via Rough Trade for entry. Full details available here
Interpol have released the video for powerhouse new single, “The Rover” taken from their forthcoming Dave Fridmann-produced new album, ‘Marauder’, out August 24th.
The video was shot on-location in Mexico City in June, during a whirlwind journey where Interpol announced their new album via a live-streamed press conference – only to be unexpectedly interrupted halfway through by a mysterious figure played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach, confusing fans and media alike. Today, the mystery has finally been revealed with the release of the video directed by Gerardo Naranjo (“Narcos”, “The Bridge”) – giving further context to the elusive cult-like character, ‘The Rover’ himself, blurring the line between documentary and fever dream in a heady montage of psychedelic, hedonistic adventures with his young followers in tow, as they ‘rove’ through the pulsing Distrito Federal.
(above, Interpol performing “The Rover” at Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival this past Sunday, footage courtesy BBC)
Prior to kicking U.S. dates in support of the forthcoming ‘Marauder’ on August 23 in Philadelphia, Interpol return to Mexico City, home of the album’s June’s launch events, for a pair of shows at Teatro De La Ciudad on August 13 and 14.General on-sale starts this Friday at 11am local time, however those who sign up for Interpol’s mailing list are eligible for a presale that commences tomorrow (July 4) at 11am local time.
“Marauder is a facet of myself. That’s the guy that fucks up friendships and does crazy shit. He taught me a lot, but it’s representative of a persona that’s best left in song. In a way, this album is like giving him a name and putting him to bed.” -Paul Banks
Months of speculation come to an end today as details of the new Interpol album can finally be confirmed: One of the most critically acclaimed bands of this generation will release their sixth album, Marauder, August 24th on Matador Records.
As you read this, Interpol is currently revealing all details (Themes! Making-of! Album art! Producer! Visuals!) to a convergence of their most fervent fans and media, live from General Prim 30 in Mexico City via a live-streamed press conference. (Update: see the archived video of Interpol’s press conference below)
Interpol have also confirmed an initial run of worldwide tour dates, in addition to previously announced appearances at London’s BST Hyde Park with The Cure, Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival, NYC’s House of Vans and Chicago’s Riot Fest. Those that preorder Marauder directly from the Interpol store will get first access to ticket presales for the new shows, which include London’s Royal Albert Hall, New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. The full list of tour dates can be found below.
1. If You Really Love Nothing
2. The Rover
4. Flight of Fancy
5. Stay in Touch
6. Interlude 1
7. Mountain Child
10. Number 10
11. Party’s Over
12. Interlude 2
13. It Probably Matters
(photo by Jamie-James Medina)
Special Vinyl Editions
The standard black vinyl edition of Marauder will be available from the Matador Store, Interpol band store, and all good independent music retailers.
The red vinyl edition is only available through the Matador Store or the Interpol band store.
The cream vinyl edition will only be available for purchase through independent retailers.
It finally happened; somebody called the cops on Interpol.
The long arm of the law caught up with Daniel Kessler, Paul Banks, and Sam Fogarino in 2017, as they worked on a new album inside the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ rehearsal space in Manhattan. Even in its infancy, Marauder was shaping up to be a beast; an early practice session was so vigorous, it resulted in Sam hitting the drums so hard that he busted his kick drum. “That rarely happens, even with heavy-hitters,” says Sam.
Eventually, the trio were playing with such force and volume, that a neighbor called the boys in blue on the boys in black, forcing them out of the practice space. “We ruined it for everyone,” reflects Daniel. “It seemed like you’re picking on the wrong rock band,” adds Sam with a laugh. “It’s not like we’re Mastodon. I mean, in certain circles, we’re considered wimps!”
If that was ever the case, the Interpol captured on their sixth album are nothing of the sort. While many fans took time over the last 18 months to read about the band’s vital part in New York City’s early 21st century rock renaissance, or bask in the glory of their hugely successful 15th anniversary tour celebrating the seminal 2002 debut Turn On the Bright Lights, the trio have been quietly (sorry, LOUDLY) working on making sure they’re not just a cultural timepiece for music historians to study. The result is Marauder: an album that sways as well as it seduces, that pounds as well as it pouts, and that batters as well as it broods.
They’ve had some help along the way. For the first time since 2007’s Our Love to Admire, Interpol have opened themselves up to the input of a producer. For two-week spells between December of 2017 to April of 2018, they travelled to upstate New York to work with Dave Fridmann – famed for recording with Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, MGMT, Spoon, Mogwai, and countless more.
The New Yorkers arrived at his remote and frequently snowbound Tarbox Studios with most of Marauder tightly rehearsed and worked out. Fridmann made sure that their meticulous work in crafting a virile and visceral set of songs didn’t get flattened during recording. It was his suggestion to skip the Pro Tools, and record directly two-inch tape. “That meant there was a limitation to the amount of things you could track,” explains Daniel. “You couldn’t add more overdubs because you would have to erase something else. You couldn’t really over-think too much of it.” It’s a decision that allows a leaner and more muscular Interpol to flex throughout the album.
In the run up to writing and recording, Sam found himself immersed in soul drummers such as Al Jackson Jr (Otis Redding’s drummer) and 80’s funk producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “How can I make shit swing?” was the question Sam repeatedly asked himself, and the answer is in the striding gallop of opener “If You Really Love Nothing,” the embellished skip ‘n’ bounce of “Stay in Touch” and the R&B swagger of closer “It Probably Matters.” Interpol have always been world-beaters at creating a feeling, but Marauder is where the feel is just as crucial. – Hardeep Phull
Following a run of ecstatically received shows across Europe performing their 2002 breakthru debut, ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’, Interpol bring it all back home tonight and tomorrow night for a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom and a massive event at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium (with Deerhunter and Battles as support). There’s a handful of tickets still remaining for the latter show.
Thu Sep 28 El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA
Sat Sep 30 Los Angeles State Historic Park Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT)
Oct 17 Pepsi Center WTC México, Mexico
Oct 18 Pepsi Center WTC México, Mexico
Oct 20 Festival Coordenada Guadalajara, Mexico
Oct 21 Parque Fundidora Monterrey, Mexico
Two new additions to the ‘Turn on the Bright Light Lights XV’ tour were announced this afternoon, which both go on sale tomorrow at 1pm EST/10am PST. The band have been making their way around Europe since early August and it’s clear from the reception of those shows (The Guardian *****, NME “Magestic,”“DIY “a show live few others”), that the band’s homecoming in New York, will be special.
Friday, September 22
Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, September 28
El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA