Interpol - Antics

Antics is the second album to come out of the New York art-rockers Interpol since their formation (well, current lineup) in 2000. Their first album was critically acclaimed as a success, so obviously their second LP release has been gazed upon with keen eyes by both doubters first time round and fans. Thankfully, writer and lead Paul Banks decided not to do a "Strokes" and carry on with a winning formula from the debut, instead he decided to give their second album outing a tad more depth to it, as well as a brighter outlook mood wise.

The writing is certainly a lot less depressing second time round, although it still has its moments a lá Turn on the bright lights. Banks’ sound hasn’t changed however, keeping his trademark low almost hum quality to his vocals. Banks is often condemned for his vocal talent, but I think on the debut album as well as this, his almost dark vocal stylings only helps to add to the overall effect that Interpol try and convey through their songs.
The opening track Next Exit starts off with a soothing mix of both church organs and Banks’ wonderful vocals, accompanied by a slow drum beat it instantly shows off the new direction Banks has tried to go for on this, his second major release. In stark comparison Evil features a classic Interpol angular Bass line, accompanied by Banks high up on a vocal mix and a toe-tapping chorus. NARC is a certain highlight of the album, although it’d been used in live sets (as Next Exit and some others later had) for some time, it has been altered slightly however. The fourth track on the album Take you on a cruise is by far my favourite on the album, despite some slightly off-beat lyrics it also fields some gems, like: “I am the scavenger / between the sheets of union” is quite possibly one of the best moments on an album this year and certainly Interpol’s finest. It’s not so much the line above in itself, but it’s the build up to silence just before it which takes you by surprise and heralds an outstanding moment from Banks’ writing and musical assembly skills.

Next up is the first single to be released from this album Slow Hands, not my personal choice for first single off this album (would have been better suited to NARC or Take you on a cruise), but I can see why it was chosen, and that was purely because it sounds the freshest on the album, and least like the Interpol of old. Not even jail instantly bursts into a resonant wave of guitars and bass, this track more than any other seems to try and incorporate old and new into a dynamic mix of Banks’ obvious mastery when it comes to vocal talent. Public Pervert is a change from the norm, as it’s a slow starter, building up slightly in tempo further in it, waning again but going all out on the last quarter of the track. It features some great guitar work throughout and thumping bass and drum accompaniment. C’mere is a similar song to the last, with a distinct slowness around it, and some great guitar work coupled with some trademark loops in drum beat and guitar while Banks’ continues a string of lyrics. Length of Love isn’t a new song by any means, it was a live favourite during the last tour but still seems fresh when placed within the new fusion of classic and new Interpol that is featured on Antics. The last track on the album A time to be so small sees another visit to the Interpol school of low tempo, a prominent theme to side two of this record. Its certainly a good ending track though as it encapsulates Interpol’s distinct eerie-ness from the first album.

All in all Antics has the capacity to be one of if not the best album this year, and will surely rocket Interpol into the limelight along with bands like Franz Ferdinand and others already there yet probably less deserving than Interpol. Antics is out Monday the 27th of September in the UK and the 28th of September in the US.

Overall

9

out of 10

Last updated: 19/04/2018 11:41:45

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