Interpol (Daniel Kessler, Paul Banks, and Sam Fogarino) released a new album, Marauder, back in August via Matador. Now they have shared a new orchestral version of the album’s “If You Really Love Nothing” put together by Pêtr Aleksänder (aka London-based duo Tom Hobden and Eliot James). Interpol have also stopped by Later… with Jools Holland to perform Marauder single “The Rover.” Check out both the new track and live performance below. Also below are the band’s upcoming tour dates.
Pick up our current print issue (Issue 64) to read our interview with Interpol on Marauder.
Marauder was announced via a live-streamed press conference from Mexico City. Previously they shared its first single, “The Rover” (which was one of our Songs of the Week), then they performed the song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and shared a video for “The Rover” starring actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls, The Punisher). Then they shared another song from the album, “Number 10,” which is about an office romance and was an honorable mention on our Songs of the Week list. Then Interpol shared one last pre-release single from the album, “If You Really Love Nothing,” via a video that stars Kristen Stewart and Finn Wittrock.
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 previous press release promised 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,” joked 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 explained 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,” said 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.
Interpol Tour Dates:
11/6 – Tokyo, Japan – Akasaka Blitz
11/9 – Hong Kong – Clockenflap
11/10 – Singapore – Neon Lights
11/14 – London, UK – Royal Albert Hall w/ Nilüfer Yanya
11/15 – London, UK – Royal Albert Hall w/ Nilüfer Yanya
11/16 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo – w/ Nilüfer Yanya
11/18 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre – w/ Nilüfer Yanya
11/19 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre – w/ Nilüfer Yanya
11/20 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre – w/ Nilüfer Yanya
11/23 – Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater – w/ Nilüfer Yanya
11/24 – Copenhagen, Denmark – TAP1 – w/ Nilüfer Yanya
11/25 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom – w/ Nilüfer Yanya
11/27 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Vredenburg – w/ Nilüfer Yanya
11/28 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National – w/ Nilüfer Yanya
11/29 – Paris, France – La Salle Pleyel w/ Nilüfer Yanya
12/30 – Lorne, VIC – Falls Festival
12/31 – Marion Bay, SA – Falls Festival
1/2 – Byron Bay, NSW – Falls Festival
1/4 – Melbourne, VIC – Palais Theatre
1/5 – Sydney, NSW – Sydney Opera House
1/6 – Fremantle, WA – Falls Festival
1/31 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
2/1 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
2/2 – Seattle, WA – The Moore Theatre
2/5 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
2/7 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
2/8 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
2/9 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
2/11 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
2/14 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
2/15 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
2/16 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden – w/ Car Seat Headrest, Snail Mail