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Interpol Announces New Album 'El Pintor'


The iconic band Interpol, has just announced the release of a new album in September… in an email I received this morning:

‘Hello Friends,

It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally ready to share some new album news. We’d like to announce the release of our upcoming new album, El Pintor. We wrote & recorded the bulk of the album in 2013 in NYC and finished mixing it in London during the early part of this year. We’re very excited to share the album with all of you. The album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios & Atomic Sound by Mr. James Brown and mixed by Mr. Alan Moulder at Assault & Battery studios. We had a lot of fun making this record and can’t wait for you to hear it.

The album will be released on September 9th in North America and September 8th in all other territories. You can pre-order the album here.

We also took the opportunity to capture some background film footage of the recording of the album. A first in our history. You can view a clip here.

All the best,


The cover art is intriguing, ‘El Pintor’ means ‘The artist’, but it is also an anagram of their moniker, it is so artsy and so perfect! However, beside the track list we don’t have much info about the new album. Sure, there is this video of them in the studio (below), revealing these isolated and haunting guitar notes or piano keys, these milliseconds of songs here and there, these long silences and these guitar riffs at 1:09, so typical-sad-Interpol that you would recognize them in the middle of chaos, but we are hungry for more!!

As they are currently in tour — I will see them at the FYF fest in August, Iman will see them this weekend at the Governors Ball! — a few new songs have been popping up on Youtube, like ‘My Desire’, which sounds like a typical dark beauty of theirs, with obsessive guitars, a meandering bass and Paul Banks’ fierce vocals braving the cold haze, or Anywhere which reminds me some of their older songs and their knack for layered guitars, and the brighter and more triumphant All the Rage Back Home… I can’t wait for August.

This is what we know so far about ‘El Pintor’:

Track Listing:

1. All the Rage Back Home
2. My Desire
3. Anywhere
4. Same Town, New Story
5. My Blue Suprem
6. Everything is Wrong
7. Breaker 1
8. Ancient Ways
9. Tidal Wave
10. Twice as Hard
11 The Depths (bonus track)

Daniel Kessler – guitar & piano
Samuel Fogarino – drums
Paul Banks – vocals, guitar, bass
Brandon Curtis (The Secret Machines) – keyboards
Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (Beck, Air) – keyboards on “Tidal Wave”
Rob Moose (Bon Iver) – violin and viola on “Twice as Hard”
El Pintor’ was mixed by Alan Moulder at Assault and Battery Studios, and mastered by Greg Calbi.

Tour dates:

06.07.2014 Field Trip Festival•Toronto, ON
06.08.2014 Governors Ball•New York, NY
06.20.2014 Best Kept Secret•Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
06.21.2014 Hurricane Festival•Eichenring, Scheessel, Germany
06.22.2014 Southside Festival•Neuhausen, Germany
06.24.2014 Alhambra•Paris, France
06.25.2014 Electric Ballroom•London, UK
06.27.2014 Glastonbury Festival•Pilton, UK
06.28.2014 Rock Dans Tous Ses Etats•Evreux, France
06.29.2014 Rock A Field•Luxembourg
07.01.2014 Postbahnhof•Berlin, Germany
07.02.2014 Open’er Festival•Gdynia, Poland
07.03.2014 Taubchenthal•Leipzig, Germany
07.05.2014 Roskilde Fest•Roskilde, Denmark
07.06.2014 Rock Werchter•Werchter, Belgium
07.08.2014 Nimes Festival•Nimes, France
07.10.2014 Optimus Alive•Oeiras, Portugal
07.12.2014 ATP Iceland•Ásbrú Former Nato Base, Keflavik
07.25.2014 Splendour In The Grass•Wooyung, Australia
08.01.2014 Lollapalooza•Chicago, IL
08.20.2014 The Marquee Theatre•Tempe, AZ
08.21.2014 The Pool at The Cosmopolitan•Las Vegas, NV
08.23.2014 FYF Fest•Los Angeles, CA
10.03.2014 Austin City Limits Festival•Austin, TX
10.10.2014 Austin City Limits Festival•Austin, TX

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