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Interpol Confirm First Album in Four Years, ‘El Pintor’

The record is the first to feature vocalist-guitarist Paul Banks also handling bass duties


Paul Banks of Interpol

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In advance of their appearance at New York City’s Governors Ball this weekend, Interpol have announced their fifth album, El Pintor, due out this fall. The group had previously previewed three songs from the album, whose title is an anagram for their name and translates from Spanish to “The Painter,” at a performance in England earlier this year. The group, recording as a three-piece for the first time since the departure of bassist Carlos Dengler, produced the album’s 10 tracks in New York with frontman Paul Banks handling four-string duties as well as vocals and guitar.

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The record also features guest appearances by the Secret Machines’ Brandon Curtis, playing keys on nine of the album’s 10 songs, Beck associate Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., who contributes keyboards to “Tidal Wave,” and Bon Iver’s Rob Moose, who plays viola and violin on “Twice as Hard.”

The band has shared a three-minute video of the recording sessions for El Pintor, viewable here:

The group will be on tour this year, playing a number of festivals in addition to the Governors Ball, including Lollapalooza, Fuck Yeah Fest, Austin City Limits Festival and more. The band said it would announce more dates in the near future.

Although the group has kept mum on the album, other than premiering those songs in England, the band members have not been totally inactive. Last August, Banks played with members of the Strokes to raise money to help School of Seven Bells and former Secret Machines member Benjamin Curtis (Brandon’s brother) who had been diagnosed with lymphoma. Benjamin died later that year.

Here is the track list for Interpol’s forthcoming album, El Pintor:

1. All the Rage Back Home
2. My Desire
3. Anywhere
4. Same Town, New Story
5. My Blue Supreme
6. Everything is Wrong
7. Breaker 1
8. Ancient Ways
9. Tidal Wave
10. Twice as Hard

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