You’re in the middle an anxious crowd. The lights suddenly dim and your eyes travel to the stage. Your neck careened, you see the faint shadows of the band slowly making their way from backstage. The crowd suddenly bursts into an anticipated applause. The joy of what’s to come reaches the surface as you finally hear the first strum of an electric guitar. Every song on Interpol’s fifth album, El Pintor, puts you at a rock show. Released on September 9th through Matador Records, the New York-based alternative rock group continues to do what they do best; starting songs with melodic guitar riffs while lead singer Paul Banks’ voice is beautifully meshed into a bed of sound without overwhelming the listener.
El Pintor, which is Spanish for “the painter,” was recorded at Electric Lady and Atomic Sound Studios in New York City. This is the first album without ex-bassist Carlos Dengler who left the band in 2010 after the release of Interpol’s self-titled fourth album.
Produced and mixed by Alan Moulder, who has also produced for the Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails, El Pintor is driven by Banks’ velvet, low-pitched vocals dancing with guitarist Daniel Kessler and drummer Sam Fogarino.
NME’s Rhian Daly gives praise for El Pintor stating that "there's still plenty of value in [Interpol’s] elegantly downtrodden aesthetic."
El Pintor peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums list while also ranking #7 on Billboard’s Top 200.
Interpol stick to their guns throughout El Pintor as they continue to reward us with tracks such as the spotlight, head-banging “All The Rage Back Home,” “My Desire” and “Everything is Wrong.” Other stand out tracks include the threatening “Anywhere” and longing “Tidal Wave.”
This album is perfect for traffic-ridden drivers and people looking for a classic, new band that’s hard not to love. As claimed in track “My Blue Supreme,” “when love comes honey show it/Cuz so many of us blow it/This kind of sh*t don’t heal in a week”.
Interpol are performing live for the first time in three years. Their current tour will end on February 2, 2015 at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.
You can grab El Pintor at Target with two additional songs that include a live version of “Slow Hands” recorded at the Brixton Academy in London in February 2014.