I am going to see Interpol at the FYF fest in August, and the famous band will release their first album since their 2010 self-titled LP, on September 9th via Matador. ‘El Pintor’, a clever anagram of their moniker, was recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in New York and will feature 10 new songs. Interpol has premiered a video for ‘All the Rage Back Home’, the lead track of the album and I am not entirely sold on it.
It starts with very-Interpol strident, slightly dissonant guitars and Paul Banks’ slow baritone vocals, then it brings more action, with a growing sound for an empowering and nervous chorus, just like Interpol has done it many times before, but as if the music was getting faster than the vocal delivery. I mean, this song is good, once the chorus starts it’s even upbeat and they filmed some surfers to go with it! What? I though Interpol’s music was dark, melancholic and austere, and now we have a beachy soundtrack with some propulsive hey-hey-hey-hey? The song will please most Interpol fans, I guess, but it doesn’t do anything extraordinary for me, I find it even too radio-friendly to my taste,… may be I need more repeats?
Paul Banks was interviewed by Rolling Stone and he had this to say about the song:
‘Honestly, I think the whole record is really exciting. There’s the lead track, “All the Rage Back Home.” When we play that in a room together, I feel like my feet raise off the ground a couple of inches, and really only our best work has made me feel that way. That song I think has one of our smoothest choruses ever.’
Okay, so this may be one the best songs of the album, keep this in mind.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – August 1975 (Volume 7, Number 3)
If I did fifty shows I’d get the money from one
a growling, prowling slap pump and just another all American
a 28 song full, full blown reggae rasta brilliance
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1975 (Volume 7, Number 2)
the boundary breaking shock rocker of the decade
Harry seems to have it sewn up
a superb songwriter who can fill an album with excellent country mainstreamers
lovely tribute to her single mom
a classical guitarist and composer and has released more than 30 solo albums
“The song is about a mental institution”
Freakout Records Announce The 10th Annual Freakout Festival Taking Place on November 10-13 in Ballard (Seattle, WA)
a diverse arrangement of voices and sounds