Let's get one thing over with: this band do NOT sound like Interpol and Joy Division anywhere near as much as everybody seems to think. I'm a fan of all three bands and there are indeed similarities in the singers' voices. All three bands have a rather 'dark' feel to a lot of their music, too. But that's as far as it goes, I'm yet to hear one song by any of them which would sit comfortably on a record by either of the other two.
Now I've got that off my chest, onto this track. 'Smokers Outide the Hospital Doors' is the first single, and opening track, from the bands second album 'An End Has a Start'. The general atmosphere of the first album is still there - there's no doubt that this is the same band, despite the fact it's a very different song in many ways when compared to their previous output, though it certainly appears to be a natural progression from the first album. The track's a piano-based one, while I think there were piano parts on tracks from 'The Back Room', it's certainly the first time they've relied on the instrument so heavily. It's different, and it works well. The guitars become more prominent as the song progresses, particularly in the chorus (as you may well expect), with the sort of riffs to which we've become accustomed from the band.
The lyrics take a prominent place in this song due to it being less 'full' than many of their other tracks, the only instrumentation for long sections being piano and drums. They're good enough to carry it off - certainly not lyrics that are going to change the world, but lines like "I can't believe you if I can't hear you" are sung with enough conviction to be effective.
All-in-all, it's a good single from the band, which I recommend quite highly, and serves as a good introduction to the new album.