Interpol: All The Rage Back Home

Some people think that after the departure of Carlos D in 2010, Interpol, New York's sharpest-dressed miserabilists, the modern-day equivalent of Duran Duran’s empty-headed brilliance, would pretty much collapsed.
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Some people think that after the departure of Carlos D in 2010, Interpol, New York’s sharpest-dressed miserabilists, the modern-day equivalent of Duran Duran’s empty-headed brilliance, would pretty much collapsed.

Those pessimists, they’re all wrong. Screw them.

El Pintor, the first album without the enigmatic bass player, proved they are still as glam-gloomy and gorgeous AF.

The music video here is the lead single from El Pintor (“the painter” in Spanish, also anagram of the band). I can say this is one of Interpol’s masterpiece. It’s like The Cure, it doesn’t matter how full-speed the beat is, how energetic the song sounds, you can still feel, it’s a sad anthem. Thanks to Paul Bank’s mean, moody, and melancholy baritones.

I couldn’t find on the internet the story behind “All the Rage Back Home”. But to me it feels like a bad → beautiful → bad → beautiful → bad → bad break up. And Daniel Kessler’s passionate please-God-help-me-I’m-in-pain guitar melodies creates even more sadness.

I keep falling, maybe half the time, maybe half the time
I keep falling, maybe half the time, maybe half the time…

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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