Paul Banks Toasts Surf Culture in New Interpol Video

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 07.09.14 in News

The first minute of “All the Rage Back Home” — the lead single from Interpol’s looming El Pintor LP — is a bit of a ruse, inviting criticism along the lines of, “Here they go again, New York’s Rat Pack rockers, still moodier and more monochromatic than the rest of you after all these years.”

But then the floodgates burst open, turning those minor chords into major ones, with frontman Paul Banks singing against a backdrop of surfer footage that seizes — rather than drowns — the day. As it turns out, the singer learned how to ride the waves himself during the band’s recent break.

“[My biggest achievement] might be learning to surf,” he explained in a 405 interview last year. “That may sound dumb to people but I think the hardest thing I’ve ever done physically is learning to surf, in the first couple of weeks, as I was on this very difficult beach and it took me almost two weeks before I was even considering standing up, as I was just paddling my surf board. Surfers would know what I mean … That was the most focused and committed I had ever been, two weeks of dealing with incredible pain and very little results. And then I finally broke through.”

El Pintor is due out September 9 through Interpol’s longtime label Matador…

Interpol tour dates:
8/1 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/20 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Theatre
8/21 Las Vegas, NV – The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
8/23 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
10/3 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival