- 24 Aug 18
The New York indie stalwarts deliver the year's catchiest concept record
Interpol's Paul Banks has described the New York gloomsters sixth record as their most experimental. Here was a pronouncement sure to send a shudder through fans still haunted by the band's self-titled 2010 LP, a phantasmagorical curio that prowled about in search of something resembling a tune, but which quickly gave up. Were they really going one further than that oblique non-album?
Happily, Marauder doesn't quite live up to Banks's billing. Yes, it is very faintly conceptual, with the "Marauder" character flitting in and out of the lyrics. However, the songs were written as the group came off touring their debut album in its entirety (including a barnstorming turn at last year's Electric Picnic) and this trip down memory lane has juiced their batteries.
There's a hard-punch opening in 'If You Really Love Nothing', where Bank's subterranean vocals interweave with guitarist and songwriter Daniel Kessler's spectral architecture, the gothic fandango propelled by Sam Fogarino's impish drumming - the most palpable connection to the ghosts of New York's punk past.