New York City’s Interpol were one of the main exponents of the post-punk revival of the 2000s and 2010s, before taking inspiration from Joy Division and The Strokes, and guiding their sound towards a more indie approach. Their lyrics are filled with detached thoughts, characters, and observations, highlighting their integrity and morality.
Their debut album, ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’, released back in 2002, was followed by a string of successful albums, including 2007’s ‘Our Love To Admire’, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Now gearing up for the release of their sixth album, ‘Marauder’, on August 24, they’ve changed from focusing on the melancholy, to instead putting together an indie-centric record.
The video for their latest single, ‘The Rover’, sees the band take a journey through their lives. Directed by Gerardo Naranjo, famous for ‘Narcos’, we’re enveloped in a psych experience by way of witchcraft markets, subways, presss conferences, and police barricades. As a prequel for the birth of a cult leader, men in the video are exposed to great pleasures as Banks’ internal turmoil heightens, as he jumps out of a car unable to deal with the consequences of reality. A different group picks up the lost performer as they lead him into clarity while also being unaware of the travels ahead. As the video and trip come to an end, Banks finds comfort within his own band once again ending his existential crisis while the questions finally lead to closure.