Due to public demand, Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino returns to play The Academy on Wednesday 1st December 2010. Sam’s scorching dj set of ‘music freestyle’ went down a storm in December 2007 & July 2008, when he proved to his Irish fans that he’s as good behind the decks as he is behind the drums…
Interpol play sold out shows in The Olympia Theatre on Monday 29th Nov, Tuesday 30th Nov & Wednesday 1st Dec. Come down and help them celebrate their last night in Dublin straight after the Olympia show on Wednesday 1st December, only 5 minutes walk across the River Liffey…
Support on the night will come from DJ Kitty Kat. Doors open from 11pm until late.
Interpol made some media rounds before taking the stage at the Creators Project in New York on Saturday, a scene as dark and stylin’ as they are.
HitFix got a few words in with drummer Sam Fogarino and singer Paul Banks, the latter of whom made a costume change from Post-College Chic to All Black Everything between press and their 10 p.m. performance.
On the departure of longtime bassist Carlos D., the pair said that their shortlist for a replacement was exactly one name long: their adoption of former Slint player (and, regrettably, Zwan) and singer-songwriter phenom Dave Pajo was a “happy fit.”
“I remember listening to Slint’s ‘Spiderland’ in high school,” Banks said. Since the band’s self-titled album is already finished, ready for a September drop, Banks said Pajo hasn’t had time to creatively bring much to the band’s recording life. But live, they said, he brings new energy to a new “era” of Interpol.
The Milk Studios event was a mini-introduction to fresh material of “Interpol,” with live tries of tracks like single “Lights,” “Success” and “Summer Swell” (below). It was a taste of things to come on the band’s tour, kicking off in late July.
“We don’t look at [the shows] as an experiment,” Fogarino, calling them more like a “warm-up.” The pair said they’ll be playing a mix of all albums during the extensive stretch that takes them international through December.
New York shows, however, are different from the rest. Not only do performances in the Big Apple get a hometown spin, but it’s “tough to impress the crowd. There’s a lot less clapping,” Fogarino says. The band said it was still going to open for U2 when it makes up its canceled dates in 2011 “as far as we know.”
The band just released its official music video for “Lights” last week, also below; the buggy clip was directed Charlie White. Considering the Creators Project was a giant mishmash of technology, video and music, was the band shopping for its next video’s director there?
“That wouldn’t be a bad idea,” Banks said.
“Yo Spike,” deadpanned Fogarino, referring to Jonze.
Fogarino, the band’s “elder statesmen” — for the record — is one of the most naturally stylish men I’ve ever seen.
As you might’ve seen reported elsewhere, Interpol recently announced a September release date for their long-awaited, eponymous 4th album, the badly kept-secret portion of said scoop being that Matador would once again, be the band’s record label in North America after a one album stopover at Capitol Records. We’ll have more details soon about the different configurations available, pre-order info, etc. but can reveal the Alan Moulder-mixed ‘Interpol’ (CD/LP/digital) will be released on September 7, a week earlier than originally reported.
What a wonderful show last night! So good to be back. And what a warm welcome home. You guys are amazing.
We’d like to share with you our clip for Lights directed by Mr. Charlie White. Before this clip is available anywhere else, we’re posting it here as an HD download, free for you. We’re amazed by it, and think you’ll enjoy seeing it as the director intended it to be seen - in high quality. It takes a couple minutes to download, but trust us, it is worth it. (view)
And…we’ll be heading back out on the Stateside road come late July and through most of August. We can’t wait to pick up where we’re leaving off this week. Here’s a list of the summertime towns that we’ll be hitting. (view)
Snazzy New York City rockers Interpol played their first show since 2008 Monday night at Rochester, NY’s 1,300-person capacity Water Street Music Hall, where the band debuted not just two new members — but also tracks from their self-titled fourth album, out September 13.
Performing as a five-piece with the Secret Machines’ Brandon Curtis on keyboards and Slint/Tortoise/Zwan/Yeah Yeah Yeahs member David Pajo on bass (replacing founding low-ender Carlos Dengler, who recently exited to pursue a career in film), Interpol opened their 100-minute set with a menacing new song titled “Success.” They played with a well-rehearsed precision, like it was their 100th show together as a quintet, as they debuted newbies like “Lights” and “Summer Well,” which leaned even further towards atmosphere and mood than the rest of their set.
Pajo and Curtis held their end admirably. Pajo’s thick, rich bass tone anchored tracks like “Obstacle 1.” Later, as he plucked the rumbling low end on “NYC,” from the band’s debut Turn on the Bright Lights, the venue reverberated as the band’s lush, layered sound swelled. Curtis’ escalating keyboard runs gave emotional resonance to the interlocked riffs of frontman Paul Banks (pictured above) and lead guitarist Daniel Kessler.
See Interpol’s complete tour dates here. — Saby Reyes-Kulkarni
Interpol setlist: “Success” “Evil” “Say Hello to the Angels” “Summer Well” “NARC” “Lights” “NYC” “Mammoth” “PDA” “Take You on a Cruise” “Slow Hands” “Obstacle 1”
So it looks like Interpol decided to schedule more dates before they go overseas. The following dates aren’t on the website yet, but expect them to pop up after these first initial shows in June.
July 25 - Ram’s Head - Baltimore July 29 - The National - Richmond VA July 30 - NorVa - Norfolk VA August 5 - House of Blues - Boston August 9 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC August 15 - Vic Theater - Chicago