It takes nearly the entire first minute of Interpol’s “All the Rage Back Home” for the song to coalesce into its form. Paul Banks intones quietly over a guitar figure that seems to go nowhere, but then carries on through the abrupt shift in pace where it takes on a new connotation in the upbeat whorl. The balance of the song finds Interpol flirting with a near exuberance, but still cut through, characteristically, with their dour affect. That’s only one of the dissociative aspects of the song; a pre-chorus toward the middle resolves back to the opening motif, but it’s charged now by quarter note bass drum kicks that provide yet another off-kilter context. “I keep falling, maybe half the time,” Banks sings. “It’s all the rage back home.”
Or, you know, it’s just Interpol flirting with surf rock over images of bros riding gnarly waves.
The track comes from their new El Pintor, out September 9.