A Fine Mess by Interpol

It's not like Interpol to be able to come up with a title for any of their records - they were possibly watching the Laurel and Hardy film when they came up with this one. It was recorded during time spent with Dave Fridmann (big drum alert) while they were in the middle of their Big World Tour and serves as a mini snapshot of where the band find themselves post Marauder.   

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A Fine Mess by Interpol
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7/10 Clinton 15 May 2019

To my absolute and utter amazement, the last Interpol album 'Marauder' had a couple of good songs on it. Most notably closer 'It Probably Matters' which was the best thing I've heard by them in years. So with the band on such a creative roll then they've hurtled back into the studio to make the sort of five track interim EP that satisfies the bands creative urge whilst simultaneously makes their record label executives tear their hair out in frustration that they can't market it as an LP. 

Like 'Marauder' it has been produced by Dave Fridmann so expect Sam Fogarino's drums to be nice and compressed and they certainly blast out of the stereo on No Big Deal which exemplifies his tight yet scattershot playing. Other than that it's the usual Interpol textures of tightly wound guitars making post punk shapes over which Paul Banks recites his dank and strained lyrics. The opening title track is a sinewy and rackety moment and catches the band sounding as vital as they have for some time with Banks vocals as distorted as his drummers snare drum and the track kinda drifting down into a morose chorus out of it's initial excitement.  

Interpol don't do anything new as such over these five tracks they just spend them being Interpol which is fine by me. I think the band have lost some form of dynamics since they receded to a three piece but it's only a minor change and doesn't affect the enjoyment of their music. These are five tracks of lively, inventive um...Interpol music. Finally a note to the mastering engineer  - could you have actually made this any louder? My ears are screaming. Perhaps Interpol's music suits this short sharp shock treatment rather than over the course of an album where filler is issue to get them through and your ears hurt too much after about four tracks to see it through. 



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