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Interpol start work on their “unexpected and beautiful” seventh studio album

Interpol say they're "starting this party right".

Interpol perform in the studio in London, 2021. Credit: Atiba Jefferson.

Interpol have started work on their seventh studio album, their first since 2018’s ‘Marauder’.

The band have joined forces with producers Flood & Moulder, who are responsible for work by Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails. They previously won a BRIT award back in 2014 for their work on the Foals album ‘Holy Fire’.

Lead guitarist Daniel Kessler said: “We are overjoyed to announce Flood & Moulder will be producing and mixing the next Interpol record. We are longtime admirers of their work and delighted to be in the studio with them. Starting this party right.”

The band are currently recording in London, and the album is expected to be released next year on Matador Records.

Back in June, the band gave fans an update on Instagram about how the pandemic had impacted their creativity.

They explained: “We had to use the internet to circulate ideas and collaborate remotely. This was a new experience for us. Fortunately, in recent months, we’ve had the opportunity to get together in person and continue to develop those ideas the old-fashion way: loud and in the flesh.”

The New York legends were keen to stress that the pandemic had some upsides for them, despite everything: “We recently completed our second round of in-person writing, this time in a house in the Catskills. The unfortunate constraints of the last 15 months have informed our music positively, we feel. We took it as a chance to grow and made the best of it.

“Hopefully this work shows that when one is forced to find new ways to meet familiar challenges the results can be unexpected and beautiful. It may be a little while yet, but when the time is right, we cannot wait to share this new music with you,” before signing off about their excitement to play for fans again.

As well as making new music, the ‘Slow Hands’ creators have also announced a run of shows for 2022, including the Rose Bowl in LA headlining Just Like Heaven on the bill with Modest Mouse, The Shins, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party and more. They’re also one of the headliners at Primavera Sound in Barcelona.

‘Marauder’ landed at number 6 in the UK album charts in 2018, their fourth top ten album.