Release date: Sept. 7
The Skinny: They lost their chance to tour this summer with U2 (when Bono's back went out) and lost their beloved bassist-ambassador (the endearingly goofy-looking fashionista Carlos D, who quit), but none of that stopped Interpol from gearing up for their next phase of operations. The group's new self-titled album places them back on Matador, the indie label that helped them rise up the ranks of the early-'00s "New York rock renaissance." But as the very artsy and elaborate video for the single "Lights" showed, there's little skimping going on. Instead, the signs for Interpol's fourth album point to an evermore expansive sound big on drama and spaceand, as evidenced by new single "Barricade," a kind of pent-up funk.
Fast Fact: Description of the fabric used for a T-shirt that comes with a complicated $74.99 Deluxe Limited Edition of Interpol: "ultra-soft."
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WATCH: Interpol, "Lights"
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »