Coming off their soon to be released and highly anticipated album Marauder, Interpol are back with a video for their new single “The Rover”. Interpol might not be known for making songs that click at first listen, but with cryptic lyrics and meandering guitar patterns that weave around your mind, they are adept at reeling a listener in. It isn’t long before you realize you are past the point of no return: these musicians are playing a long con. “The Rover” is no exception, nor is its accompanying clip.
The video begins with the band in a car discussing their sound — but something is off. There is someone else in the vehicle, a man (played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach) who isn’t familiar. Overwhelmed and a bit manic, this man launches himself from the car and carries on through the city as the band continues on their way in the vehicle. The stranger with a group of found friends; the band with sound people and a crowd of journalists. The two worlds come fiercely into contact with each other at the press conference about the new album, melding reality with mania with a spiritual moment. Just like Interpol, the moment is both business and chaos combined.
The song features a punchy guitar riff that careens like the best kind of siren and Paul Banks’ distant vocals unleashing madness and melody at once. The way the clip breaks away from the song for audio from the footage works to create that sense of loss that makes the wash of sound addictive. Each time it returns you feel that pulse more acutely, the guitar gripping tighter. You’ve been sucked in once again.