Column: Interpol’s back catalogue gets new addition

Ryan Meyer

Matador Records, the record label of my favorite band, Interpol, announced via Instagram Wednesday that Interpol would be releasing their song “Mind Over Time” by making it available to stream or download.

Although I’ve heard the song before on YouTube, this is still exciting news because it’s another addition to a vastly underappreciated back catalogue.

Interpol has a fantastic collection of demoes and unreleased tracks that I hope are able to see the light of day in the future. Some have been released as parts of deluxe editions of albums or as part of soundtracks, like the song “Direction,” featured in the soundtrack for the show “Six Feet Under,” according to an NME article from 2005, which was right in the middle of some of the band’s best work.

There are even alternate versions of popular songs like “PDA” and “Roland” that offer insight into early phases of the band’s career, before the release of their debut album, “Turn On the Bright Lights.”

“Mind Over Time” was written around the time of the band’s third album, “Our Love to Admire,” and features a slow build that leads into a voicemail recording and culminates in a swell similar to other high points on the album in songs like “Pioneer To the Falls” and “Pace Is the Trick.”

Voicemails are a bit overused in music these days, but I imagine in or around 2007 it was a unique stylistic choice. It seems to feature a man looking to reconnect and visit with who I assume to be the protagonist of the song as the music plays quietly behind the message. Right before the band explodes into its loudest point of the song, the voice is layered in a way that makes it sound deeper and it says “Hope your holidays go well.”

“Mind Over Time” was originally only featured on the Japanese version of the CD, according to the Instagram post.

I hope that Interpol and other bands I appreciate continue to release music from earlier periods in their careers. Listening to a song like “Mind Over Time” makes me want to revisit other music from that period, and I’d likely do the same if they were to release a song from say, 2018’s “Marauder” timeframe.

Possibly my favorite “rare” Interpol track is “All at Once,” which I think was meant to be a B-side for “El Pintor,” the band’s fifth record from 2014.

I first heard the song on a Vimeo upload, of all things, and it is still one of my favorite Interpol songs. It’s too easy to speculate how many other gems are hiding that never made it on to albums or soundtracks.


Ryan Meyer is a sophomore journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]