At The Drive In are back with the new single from their latest album, in • ter a • li • a.
And what’s more, Call Broken Arrow acts as a prequel to the recent video for Hostage Stamps.
“In Hostage Stamps, we have a prisoner being tortured and monitored by some sort of authoritarian organisation,” explains director Rob Shaw. “The guys wanted to show why he was imprisoned, as well as cast doubt over his innocence.
“It’s funny how in stories, especially film stories, you tend to sympathise with whoever you spend time with. When you watch someone being mistreated, the assumption is that person is the victim.
“Call Broken Arrow is in part about illustrating the prisoner’s culpability, but even that is in doubt as we see the Watcher character who follows him around slipping something in his drink at the end.”
in • ter a • li • a is the Texas quintet’s first album since 2000’s Relationship Of Command and finds the band looking forward, without forgetting the past.
“It was about getting back to that primordial self,” explains singer Cedric Bixler. “We essentially agreed: ‘We need to honour the last record. We need to go forward, be the core of what we are, and ignore everything we learned in our years apart.’
“It was a great lesson in communication. We wanted to honour the fan base and the frame of mind of being young. Most of us have children. It’s very easy for me to access that wonder where there really shouldn’t be any rules.”
At The Drive In return to the UK this August Bank Holiday weekend to play the main stage of the Reading and Leeds Festivals, before returning in November for an arena tour with Royal Blood.
(Live picture credit: Clemente Ruiz)