Forgotten Songs of the 21st Century: Interpol
Once Interpol came out in 2002, they were heralded as one of the best indie bands of the decade, right up there with The Arcade Fire and The Strokes. But unlike the other bands, Interpol tends to be overlooked in terms of songwriting ability. Why this has happened is unknown but some songs need to be rediscovered because they’re so enchanting, they tend to pull the listener in no matter what mood they’re in. The biggest example of this is 2004’s “Evil.”
The second single from Antics, the song kicks off with Carlos D.’s hypnotically cryptic bass line that leads to Paul Banks’ almost Ian Curtis-like voice that gives the song such a rich power. The song’s lyrics at first may have seemed a bit difficult to crack but that was usually the case with most Interpol songs but looking back the song is easy to crack. The song’s meaning is about a guy who’s been left behind by a girl and is looking back at what happened.
The song had a really strong and weird video about a puppet that’s involved in a car wreck but that didn’t help the song score more airplay, which is a shame because the song is amazingly cool and different but as Interpol release a new album and say farewell to Carlos D., it’s probably time that people start looking back at the band’s entire career and “Evil” in particular and check out how dynamic and different the band have always been.