Interpol finds new confidence on latest album
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After turning on their bright lights and undergoing label antics, New York alt-rock outfit Interpol is beginning to take control.
The foursome is set on forward movement with the release of Our Love To Admire, out yesterday, a title befitting of the band’s newly personalized approach.
“We were all in it. It wasn’t just satisfying one person’s desires, it was because it made sense,” says drummer Sam Fogarino on creating the new album. He calls the sound a new confidence, from conviction in lead vocals to elevated emphasis on orchestration through keyboard textures, faux strings and horns.
The change, however, is not something Fogarino says Interpol necessarily set out on accentuating. “Once you feel these ideas are fully fledged songs or realized, then you can figure out where it might be able to go esthetically. A lot of the growth was discovered through the potential of how the songs could sound.”
Growth is a pulsing theme for characteristically “indie” Interpol, evident in their switch from independent label Matador to major label Capitol (EMI in Canada). Again wielding their creative control, the band has defended the move by saying their music would sound the same, regardless.
“At Matador there was a ceiling and it was hit. There’s a decision (to be made) to stay at that level and be satisfied or keep moving forward, into the unknown,” says Fogarino. With the switch, however, Interpol assumes company with the known, now labelmates of limelighter Lily Allen and The Beastie Boys.
But Fogarino says the bureaucratic manoeuvre has been a surprisingly welcome one. “When you move forward to the big corporate monster you think there’s going to be all these hands reaching for the pie ... It just hasn’t happened,” adding, “In a few years, if Interpol is still the same band, the way the industry is going, we may not even need a label.”
The thrusting into the spotlight of which Fogarino speaks is somewhat paradoxical when observing the band whose lack of media preaching leaves an air of mystery about them.
“We do our fair share of pontification,” laughs Fogarino. “We are a little guarded. There’s no mystery with a lot of things. Everybody has the desire for information now; we’re going to pull the curtain and discover that big ominous voice is this little man. That doesn’t need to be exposed.”
To those wishing to force exposure from the band, Fogarino says just listen to the record.
“I think there is a desire to leave a little unsaid, unspoken. Let somebody’s imagination do some work.”