It’s a good day for inspired gloom, as Interpol have returned with a new single and word of a new album. The single is called “The Rover,” it’s got a nice Antics-esque bounce to it, and it serves as the first taste of the New York band’s forthcoming LP Marauder, due August 24 via Matador Records.
Speaking of Marauder, which slots in as Interpol’s sixth studio album, Paul Banks says the LP “is a facet of myself.” Say what? He elaborates: “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.”
Banks adds that Marauder is a record that’s a bit more personal than previous Interpol efforts. “This record is where I feel touching on real things that have happened to me are exciting and evocative to write about,” he says. “I think in the past, I always felt autobiography was too small a thing for me to reference. I feel like now, I’m able to romanticize parts of my own life.”
Well thank goodness. Listen to “The Rover” below, and think back to where you were as a person when you first heard “Slow Hands” all those years ago.