Interpol have shared their new video for ‘The Rover’, starring Girls actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach and directed by Narcos director Gerardo Naranjo.
The clip opens up as the band find themselves stuck in a traffic jam in Mexico City - where they recently announced details of their new album ‘Marauder’ in a press conference - with Moss-Bachrach - aka The Rover himself - who soon flings open the car door and jumps out into the road.
What follows is, let’s say, a bit of a strange journey which ends with the actor pouncing back out on the band during the press conference, as frontman Paul Banks explains.
“I like to describe the video for ‘The Rover’ as a prequel,” he says, in a press release. “It’s the origin story of the character described in the song, the birth of a cult leader. When we meet him he is partly unhinged. He’s a man on the verge, an artist subjected to great pressures, and beset with existential frustrations. A distracted hipster who enjoys psychedelics, let’s say.
The events that take place in Mexico City, be it a bump on the head, a visit to a shaman, or the influence of his rescuers (the street gang known as ‘Los Locos’) trigger the birth – the eruption – of this new figure, ‘The Rover.’ His rescuers become his first followers.
In the end of the video he exacts his ‘revenge’ on Interpol with a mischievous act of disruption during the press conference. He grabs me by the head – to save me? Forgive me? Or simply as a gesture of his new independence – the butterfly becoming.”
The band’s new album ‘Marauder’ gets released on 24th August on Matador Records. Watch the video for ‘The Rover’ below.