Interpol is a rock band from the United States. The Other Side of Make-Believe, their seventh studio album, is due out shortly. Matador Records intends to release it on July 15, 2022. The album’s debut track, “Toni,” was released on April 7, the same day the album was announced.
Paul Banks, the main vocalist of Interpol, waited until there was a worldwide epidemic before speaking out. For the last 20 years, the singer and multi-instrumentalist has been giving a very excellent imitation of a firefighter, yelling at survivors amid post-punk smoke. However, since the band composed their seventh full-length record separately, he mostly abandoned the usual joys of Ian Curtis worship in favor of a more sophisticated sound.
Banks’ version of keening, which is still rather full-throated, triggered a cascade of events that allowed Interpol to create music on The Other Side of Make-Believe that is more contemplative, layered, and, in general, easier to breathe. Even the piano is illuminated by the brilliant lights.
Banks’ new self-reflection is a recurring subject throughout the record. “I went through humiliation for this,” he wonders on “Something Changed.” “Are you present?” “I’d check every day to see if chance was calling.” It’s a burst of self-awareness that allows guitarist Daniel Kessler to play quiet piano and drummer Sam Fogarino to attempt some jazzy chops.
The guitar and bass lines have a bit more leeway to wander about on “Gran Hotel” than normal. Kessler produces chord changes that sound like the Beatles on “Fables,” and the trio juggles a bass line that leaps up and down with a deluge of guitar lines on “Mr. Credit.” “I’d want to see them win,” Banks sings in the opening song on Make-Believe, “Toni.” This is arguably his most unexpected characteristic. “That’s to me,” he sings, “I enjoy the motivation, it’s on the correct track.” The album’s tracks were all composed during the COVID-19 epidemic. It was the first time the group had written together while not in the same room.
Sam Fogarino was in Athens, Georgia, while Paul Banks was in Edinburgh, Daniel Kessler was in Spain. The three of them reconnected in the summer of 2021 to continue creating songs and practicing in a set of homes in the Catskills. They completed recording the album in North London with producers Alan Moulder and Flood in the autumn. Moulder has mixed the band’s fourth and fifth albums, Interpol (2010) and El Pintor (2011), respectively (2013). (2014). Banks said that the album is more peppy than their normal somber tone. “A number of the songs contain pretty shamelessly good feelings,” he remarked. “Aspire is something that feels nice.”
The album’s first song, “Toni,” was released on April 7, 2022, the same day the album was announced. Van Alpert directed the music video for the tune. The video’s ending teases a second installment, which was revealed on April 12 with the release of the video for a new song named “Something Changed.” This video has two of the same characters, and singer Paul Banks drives about in a police cruiser without a badge. The band released “Fables,” a new song off their next album, coupled with a lyrics video on May 18.
Paul Banks, Daniel Kessler, Carlos Dengler, and Greg Drudy were all members of the band when they originally joined together in 1997. Drudy quit the band in 2000, and Sam Fogarino took his place.
- Into the Night
- Mr. Credit
- Something Changed
- Renegade Hearts
- Gran Hotel
- Big Shot City
- Go Easy (Palermo)