For a guy who claims to have always hated Pearl Jam's music, Interpol's lead singer and songwriter Paul Banks sure went out of his way to write a slow-building song (like Unthought Known, I Got ID and 80% of PJ's catalog) with an energetic chorus (Alive, Do The Evolution, Given To Fly) and co-directed a video (with Sophia Peer) with a lot of water (Amongst The Waves), waves (Can't Keep) and surfing (Oceans) in it... in black-and-white (Oceans, Amongst The Waves).
Don't get me wrong, it's his best song in years, and hints that the upcoming album El Pintor may finally live up to the promise of the band's first two (Turn On The Bright Lights and Antics) after pretty much a decade of disappointment, on record at least. Because I have to admit Interpol still delivers live, and are now a far ways away from just mixing Joy Division-type of songs with modern indie rock: they have their own, distinctive voice, their own vibe and energy, and create their own experience. And I'm certain that this new song, All The Rage Back Home, will be the new staple of their shows.
Another song about failure and heartbreak? Yep, and a mighty good one too.