Interpol are no strangers to darkness. Through their portrayals of tumultuous cityscapes, complex relationships, sleazy seductions, and beyond, the New York outfit have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to find the poetry within that dark, subduing the demons and offering a sense of assurance and freedom in their expression.
'The Rover' turns that vision inwards, incessantly paced rhythms and a twanging lead guitar line driving the track's momentum home - if you're willing to let it delve that deep. On the surface, 'The Rover' is everything Interpol do well: raging energy, resounding fills, gleaming guitar riffs, and vocals that prove as chilling as they are captivating. With catchy hooks and delectable sounds, the single is a contagious return to classic form that's long been awaited.
Delve a little further into the track's hard-to-discern lyrics and find a character walking the borderline of emotional connection. "Nature's subject in the fires again," Paul Banks sings towards the song's conclusion, "falling for my independence." It's unclear whether he's trying to convince himself or the world that seemingly burns around him, but by this point it hardly seems to matter. "He barely has to seek redemptions," Banks concludes with no uncertain amount of nonchalance. Unassuming and unapologising, this is Interpol at full throttle - dark, delectable, and determined to be heard.