Interpol have teased the release of their first new music since 2019.
‘Toni’, the first single from their as-yet-untitled seventh studio album, is expected tomorrow (April 7). It will debut on the band’s official YouTube channel at 5:30pm BST. Ahead of the arrival of the new track, which will be their first release of fresh material since the 2019 odds-and-ends EP ‘A Fine Mess’, they have shared a snippet of it to their social media channels. You can watch it below.
The thirty-second clip is taken from the music video for the song, which is directed by the Los Angeles conceptual artist Van Alpert. It seems to suggest they’ll be on characteristically dramatic form; frontman Paul Banks, clad in a leather biker jacket, is seen behind the wheel of what appears to be an unmarked police car, as a twelve-strong, grey-clad gang race across a car park wielding chains and baseball bats.
The New York City indie rockers were on similarly cinematic form around the time they dropped their last album, 2018’s ‘Marauder’; the video for lead single ‘The Rover’ had them staging a press conference in Mexico City, that actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach then crashed in-character; the clip for album opener ‘If You Really Love Nothing’, meanwhile, boasted A-list talent in the shape of Kristen Stewart.
In contrast to the potentially violent nature of the ‘Toni’ video, the only music we hear in the teaser is a soft piano line. It was confirmed in January that the recording of LP7 had just wrapped at Battery Studio in London, with Flood and Alan Moulder producing and mixing. In an interview with Rolling Stone US last November, as the band were in the final stages of finishing the record, Banks said that he had been thinking outside of the Interpol box when it came to influences, citing both The Beach Boys’ seminal ‘Pet Sounds’ as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Meanwhile, a short run of European festival dates set for June will also see them make a visit to Camden’s Roundhouse for a two-night stand – you can see those dates below.
Interpol, June 2022:
14 – London, Roundhouse
15 – London, Roundhouse