Interpol is an American rock band from out of New York City.  The band formed in 1997, and was originally comprised of Paul Banks (vocals, guitars), Daniel Kessler (guitar, vocals), Carlos Dengler (bass guitar, keyboards) and Greg Drudy (drums, percussion).  Drudy left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Sam Fogarino.  In 2010, after recording the bands fourth album, Dengler left the band to pursue personal projects.

The band first performed at the Luna Lounge along with other notable acts such as The Strokes, Longwave, The National and Stellastarr, They band has come to be associated with the New York City indie music scene and was one of several groups that emerged from the post-punk revival of the 2000s.  The band’s sound has been described as generally a mix of staccato bass and rhythmic, harmonized guitar, with a snare heavy mix, which has come to draw comparisons to similar bands such as Joy Division and The Chameleons.  The band’s songwriting style includes all of the band members, rather than relying on one main songwriter.

The band’s debut album, “Turn On The Bright Lights,” which was released in 2002, was critically acclaimed and made it to No. 10 on NME’s list of top albums for 2002 as well as No. 1 on Pitchfork Media’s Top 50 Albums of 2002.  Their next few albums “Antics” (2004) and “Our Love To Admire” (2007) have confirmed that the band was not just a one-time album success story but a commercial and critical success as well.  The band released their fourth, self-titled album in 2010.  In 2011, the band when on a brief hiatus until 2012 so that they could focus on other projects.  The band released their fifth studio album, “El Pintor,” on September 9, 2014.

“El Pintor” was self-produced by the band and recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in New York City.  The album title, which means “the painter” in Spanish, is an anagram of “Interpol.”  It is the band’s first album without their bassist Carlos Dengler, who departed the band after the release of the self-titled album in 2010.  The bass duties were taken over by frontman Paul Banks.  The album featured guest appearances by Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines, Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and Rob Moose of Bon Iver.  The band is currently touring in promotion of the album.

Reviews of “El Pintor” have been highly positive overall.  Metacritic gave the album a 77 out of 100 based off of 34 critic reviews of the album indicating “generally favorable” reviews.  Clash Magazine’s critic, Will Salmon wrote “… as an exercise in getting back to where you once belonged, “El Pintor” is highly successful.  Dom Gourtay of Drowned In Sound said that the album “feels more structured than Interpol” and stated “bold in intention and quiet in confidence, they’ve gone back to basics here and, for the most part, the results are sublime.”

Overall, I defiantly recommend “El Pintor.”  The album does seem like the band has attempted to recapture their original sound from their debut and, for the most part, did a pretty decent job.  With some catchy singles mixed in such as, “All The Rage Back Home,” “My Desire,” and “Everything Is Wrong” it is one of my favorite Interpol albums besides their amazing debut.

Check out some of the albums biggest hits below and also some of Interpol’s biggest hits.  If you like what you hear, be sure to pick up “El Pintor” which is in stores now.

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