“Affecting and immediate” – The Guardian, ★★★★ “Reinvigorated, brimming with energy and self-assurance.” – The Independent, ★★★★ “At the peak of their powers” – Q, ★★★★ “… remarkably successful in finding ways to modify their sound, pinching and folding the edges of their sharply drawn songs” – MOJO, ★★★★ “Sees Interpol proving their worth once again, and their prowess for creating bleak, blackened indie rock that’s full of feeling” – DIY, ★★★★ “a looser, wilder sound” – GQ “tightly plotted sixth studio record of simmering, moody indie-rock” – Esquire “Marauder sees them back to their swaggering peak” – Daily Star ★★★★
Following the release of their recent single ‘Fine Mess’, NYC’s Interpol have announced a 5-track EP titled A Fine Mess out Friday 17 May on Matador / Remote Control Records. Along with the announcement, Interpol have released a new track ‘The Weekend’ out today.
Recorded during time spent in upstate New York with Dave Fridmann, the five songs that make up A Fine Messgradually emerged as a body of work with a narrative and flow unto itself. The title track, and BBC 6 Music-playlisted single ‘Fine Mess’, then received further production from Kaines & Tom A.D. and mixing from Claudius Mittendorfer, who had first worked with Interpol as engineer on Our Love To Admire. The resulting set is a living, breathing postcard from the band to their fans as they tour the world throughout 2019, and a linear continuation of the visceral and contagious energy set loose with Marauder.
Echoing its title, the artwork for A Fine Mess is illustrated by a series of lost images, recovered from an abandoned police station in Detroit, MI. In a crumbling evidence room – amongst the rubble – an undeveloped roll of film, dated “1-20-96”, featured latent images of a breaking and entering scene, the rooms in chaos.
From the beguiling refrain of the title track, to the soulful topsy-turvy of ‘No Big Deal’, cathartic chorus of long sought-after live favourite ‘Real Life’, anthemic swell of ‘The Weekend’, and angular shades of‘Thrones’, A Fine Mess is a bracing and distinct entry in Interpol’s oeuvre.
Following recent headline performances at Sydney Opera House, Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl and a double header at Royal Albert Hall, Interpol will continue their worldwide run of dates with festival appearances at Glastonbury, Primavera, All Points East with The Strokes, Best Kept Secret, headline dates across South and North America, the UK and Europe, with more announcements to follow.