Interpol (Daniel Kessler, Paul Banks, and Sam Fogarino) have announced a new album, Marauder, and shared its first single, “The Rover.” The album is due out August 24 via Matador and was announced via a live-streamed press conference from Mexico City. The band has also announced some tour dates. Check out “The Rover” below, followed by the album’s tracklist and cover art, as well as their tour dates.
Also below also is the archived stream of the press conference, which doesn’t really start until 10 minutes into the video (and the band doesn’t show up until 15 minutes in). Plus the band will be performing “The Rover” tomorrow night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Dave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Mogwai) produced the album, which was recorded in two-week spells from December 2017 to April 2018 at his Tarbox Studios in Upstate New York. A press release promises that the album is louder than previous Interpol releases, relating a story where the police were called to their practice space while working on the album due to a noise complaint from a neighbor. “It seemed like you’re picking on the wrong rock band,” jokes Fogarino in the press release. “It’s not like we’re Mastodon. I mean, in certain circles, we’re considered wimps!”
Previously Banks’ lyrics have been more observational, but for this album he turned inward. He explains in the press release: “This record is where I feel touching on real things that have happened to me are exciting and evocative to write about. 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.”
The album cover is a Garry Winogrand photo of former Attorney General Elliot Richardson. In 1973 he resigned after refusing President Nixon’s orders to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox because Cox was leading an investigation into the Watergate scandal. “A lot of being accountable has to do with being honest,” says Banks about both the cover art and his lyrics on this album. Of course the Watergate scandal also has modern parallels to our current president and the Russia investigation.
It’s been four years since Interpol’s last album, 2014’s El Pintor.
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
Interpol Tour Dates:
6/25 – Wien, Austria – Arena Wien Open Air
6/26 – Sesta Al Reghena, Italy – Sexto Nplugged
6/27 – Zagreb, Croatia – INmusic Festival
7/1 – Glasgow, UK – TRNSMT festival
7/5 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
7/7 – London, UK – Hyde Park – w/ The Cure
8/24 – Brooklyn, NY – House of Vans
9/14-16 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
10/4 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl – w/ The Kills, Sunflower Bean
10/6 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre – w/ The Kills, Sunflower Bean
11/6 – Tokyo, Japan – Akasaka Blitz
11/14 – London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
11/24 – Copenhagen, Denmark – TAP1
11/29 – Paris, France – La Salle Pleyel
2/16 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden – w/ Car Seat Headrest, Snail Mail