Today marks the return of Manhattan legends Interpol whose sixth record Marauder is released into the wild today – it’s their first record in four years El Pintor which was largely overshadowed by the departure of long-time bassist Carlos Dengler and feels fresh, exciting and untried territory whilst still carrying a dark them throughout which is renowned with Interpol’s deadly repertoire.
40-year-old front-man Paul Banks stated earlier in the year that he’d split from long term partner Helena Christensen, which although the album isn’t a ‘break up record’, it’s more the tale of a man who’s lost and causing anguish which shine through via the Marauder character who pops its head up on many tracks throughout the album and could well be a characterisation of part of Banks’ personality which he lets the Marauder embody.
‘Stay In Touch’ is the only track to mention the character by name and is about at an affair as well as all the guilt that comes with it and dark thoughts that come with it: “Marauder chained of no real code, Marauder breaks bonds, Marauder stays long.”
In a press conference in May when sharing the details of the new album, the group revealed that the world tour they undertook in 2017 in support of Turn On The Bright Lights turning 15 rejuvenated them and this is something that comes through on Marauder, with it feeling like it’s taken influence from its predecessor despite not sharing the same sound it has that same level of energy and ferociousness that made us fall in love with the New York band when we first listened to their debut.
The record starts off in incredible fashion with the mighty ‘If You Really Love Nothing’ which lights a spark which runs throughout the record, tracks such as ‘The Rover’ and ‘NYSMAW’ stand out as highlights as well as ‘Flight Of Fancy’ which are all up there with some of the best songs that the New Yorkers have made across their whole six records.
There’s a nice use of futuristic interludes throughout the album which makes it stand out from their previous material and breaks the record up well and sets up the heartfelt ‘Mountain Child’ perfectly.
Marauder feels like classic Interpol albeit with a slight twist, it’s comprehensively the best they’ve sounded in over a decade and after touring their classic material around the globe this new album is the perfect reminder to people who Interpol are no nostalgia act.