Interpol’s Paul Banks says exploiting “people’s fear of political gain” is “deeply misguided and alarming”.

Interpol chief Paul Banks has spoken out about how people’s fear is being exploited for “political gain”.

In a new interview with NME, the band spoke about their new album ‘The Other Side Of Make Believe’ and how it was one of their darkest records.

“What I’m interested in exploring is not so much ‘what is.’ the meaning’ like ‘what it is the meaning and how it is formed? I think the meaning isn’t there: it’s just a byproduct of the language we use to describe it,” Banks said on the record.

He continued: “What is really disturbing is the way people have started to see this as an area of ​​exploitation. They have realized that if you tell people the right story, they will accept it. , and they are willing to do that. to exploit people’s fears for political gain. It is extremely misleading and scary.

“Historically, we’ve expected people at this level of power to have some sort of moral rectitude, and some altruism, but the possibility, ‘Wait…some of the most powerful people in the world are manipulating information for political gain to get. …’ – such a vague idea that there is proper fodder for literature and song lyrics”.

The band also discussed crafting their seventh album during the pandemic and how they received “rejection after rejection from every label” during their early days.

In its review of the new LP, out today (July 15), NME awarded ‘The Other Side Of Make Believe’ four stars, describing it as Interpol’s “safe, rewarding and subtly adventurous new chapter”.

To celebrate the album’s release, the band will launch a new world exhibition and pop-up store. Big Shot City”, which runs from today to Sunday (July 17) in London, and will run simultaneously in Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City and Tokyo.

As well as the “Big Shot City” showcase in London, Interpol will host a series of sold-out album concerts across the capital this weekend. The band will visit St John’s Hackney tomorrow (July 16), Pryzm (July 17) and Kentish Town Forum (July 18).

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