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Interpol Breaks Down ‘The Rover’ On Genius’ Series ‘Verified’


By Eddie Fu

“I saw this sort of semi-ominous, semi-charismatic figure came to my mind.”
New York post-punk revival band Interpol released its sixth studio album Marauder in late August. As with the rest of the project, the lead single “The Rover” is produced by Dave Fridmann, who is known for his work with The Flaming Lips, Weezer, and MGMT. The song has collected over 5 million Spotify streams to date and features lead vocalist Paul Banks singing from the perspective of a messiah-like figure.

“His message to his followers is you have to give me all of yourself and complete allegiance and do everything I say, and then you can be part of this special group,” Paul Banks of Interpol tells Genius. “You can’t show up to our little meetings here for five hours and then go home. You’re all in or you all get the fuck out.”

Interpol recently sat down with Genius for the latest episode of Verified and broke down the track. Watch lead singer Paul Banks go line-for-line with “The Rover” in the video above, and check out past episodes, too.