Saturday, February 20, 2010

Song of the Week

Interpol is an Indie rock band from New York City and has been around in one form or another since 1997. Their music has been described as post-punk, and the band has been compared to such bands as The Strokes and Joy Division. Though they formed in 1997, they didn't produce their first album until 2001, and really didn't make a huge splash in the U.S. until 2004 with the release of their "Antics" album. The song, "Slowhands" was their big hit, and remains their biggest hit.

However, another diddy off this album is one that seems to stick with me. The title, "Evil," probably doesn't do this song justice. From what I gather by the lyrics, it's more about perceived deception between a man and woman than anything else.

The musical part of the song is straightforward Interpol alt-rock, led by the uncommonly (for rock)low, yet strangely pleasing voice of Paul Banks. A strong guitar riff accentuates key areas of the song (usually leading to an intriguing lyric, like "But hey, who's on trial?).

The song builds to a tremendous lyrical crecendo (makes me want to scream it from the rooftops, actually) with the following lyrics:

It took a life spent with no cell mate
To find the long way back
Saying, me,why can't we look the other way?
You're weightless, you are exotic
You need something for which to care
Saying, me, why can't we look the other way?

The video is a bit perplexing, but interesting nevertheless.

1 comment:

snowelf said...

I really like this song. I hear Interpol a lot on Sirius, (I don't think I can go back to regular radio ever again...I am so spoiled with all of the variety.) That is a strange video but I gotta give them props for being creative.