Interpol today release new EP A Fine Mess, including new focus track and sought-after live favourite ‘Real Life’, first aired during the band’s Turn On The Bright Lights 15th anniversary tour in 2017. The EP is available to stream and purchase HERE.
Coming off a triumphant North American run of shows, with Consequence Of Sound reporting from Miami, “it’s a wonder the seats weren’t ripped right out of the floor”, Interpol will return to the UK on May 25th for a sold-out All Points East show with The Strokes at Victoria Park, ahead of further festival and headline dates, including bill-topping slots at Glastonbury and Primavera. A full live schedule can be found below.
Recorded during time spent in upstate New York with Dave Fridmann, the five songs that make up A Fine Mess gradually emerged as a body of work with a narrative and flow unto itself. The title track, and BBC 6 Music-playlisted single ‘Fine Mess’, then received further production from Kaines & Tom A.D. and mixing from Claudius Mittendorfer, who had first worked with Interpol as engineer on Our Love To Admire. The resulting set is a living, breathing postcard from the band to their fans as they tour the world throughout 2019, and a linear continuation of the visceral and contagious energy set loose with Marauder.
Echoing its title, the artwork for A Fine Mess is illustrated by a series of lost images, recovered from an abandoned police station in Detroit, MI. In a crumbling evidence room – amongst the rubble – an undeveloped roll of film, dated “1-20-96”, featured latent images of a breaking and entering scene, the rooms in chaos.
From the beguiling refrain of the title track, to the soulful topsy-turvy of ‘No Big Deal’, cathartic chorus of long sought-after live favourite ‘Real Life’, anthemic swell of ‘The Weekend’, and angular shades of ‘Thrones’, A Fine Mess is a bracing and distinct entry in Interpol’s oeuvre.