As we reported last month, Interpol plans to release an album next year. Don’t act surprised, it’s been three years since 2007’s Our Love to Admire and people get antsy (this writer included). But to ease our frustrations, frontman Paul Banks recently spoke with the BBC and chalked up some details on what to expect. In all honesty, he had us sold on “crazy sophisticated orchestration,” but we decided to read on for further details.
“What we’ve worked on is a real step forward and just very different and very relaxed in what we’re doing,” Banks insisted. “But it certainly doesn’t sound like anything we’ve ever done before, to me.”
If you’re confused, you’re not alone. Wasn’t it just last month that drummer Sam Fogarino told Paste, “The new record falls back towards the first,” and something about how the band couldn’t let go of their “sonic tag”? No, he did. So, what the hell is going on?
“I don’t even know what he’s talking about,” Banks added, when pressed by the same quote. “Maybe Daniel’s progressions remind him of the first record. I don’t know.” Well, maybe nobody knows what the album sounds like. “The only thing that makes sense about that comment to me is in Sam’s drums, they sound really mean, and really good.”
There you have it, now put the pieces together. Either it’s a throwback to 2002s Turn on the Bright Lights, or it’s just going to be really, really different. Who can complain about that? Just get it out and tour again, fellas.