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Interpol at Bowery Ballroom (September 22, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 14th 2017

This year Interpol celebrated the 15th anniversary of their landmark debut album Turn On The Bright Lights. Sure one can argue that too many artists are banking on nostalgia and cashing in on their former successes (and without Carlos D). And while that’s certainly a part of the case here, it also gives fans a chance to get literally what they want: to hear one of the best albums of the 2000’s in its full glory from start to finish.
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1_Interpol_Celebrate Brooklyn!

In late July Interpol and Cosmicide came together for a sold out performance at the Prospect Park Bandshell for Celebrate Brooklyn. The evening was their final New York City performance of the victory lap portion of their tour for last year’s El Pintor.

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Opening the show was Cosmicide, the band of Brandon Curtis, formerly of the group Secret Machines, as well as a live member of Interpol. This was their first live performance, although you wouldn’t have known it based on how tight sounded diving into their hypnotic brand of synth-rock. Their set easily kept the attention of the capacity crowd at hand.

At the moment, Cosmicide only have a few songs available to stream on their soundcloud, but the promise is there. Here’s to hoping that we get an albums worth of material sometime next year.

Getting to see Interpol perform live is always a good time, but it becomes that much more of a treat being a hometown show in New York. The band always bring it live, but they bring it just that much more for the hometown crowd. They will always give New York a memorable set, usually with an expected, but still appreciated, double encore.
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Interpol at Terminal 5 (November 26, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 26th 2014 — with 1 comment


Interpol have been very good to their hometown fans in New York during the early era of new album El Pintor. They played a pair of tiny shows at The Met’s Temple Of Dendur and Bowery, and did more than a handful of late night appearances (as well as Governors Ball this summer). All this came before their three-night sold out run at Terminal 5 which went down last month, right before Thanksgiving.
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Interpol at The Temple of Dendur (September 2, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014 — with 2 comments


Next week New York City heroes Interpol will release their new album El Pintor (via Matador Records). To celebrate the album, and their hometown fans, they set up an intimate set of shows to take place this week. Tonight they played a show at The Met’s Temple of Dendur, a rare occurrence at the beautiful historic space (they play Bowery Ballroom on Thursday) that was sold out in mere minutes.

It was a true celebration, with free drinks and some finger snacks provided to all in attendance. It was my first time catching a show at The Temple of Dendur, so naturally, I was curious as to how they were going to set up the stage. As I found out, it was strategically placed in the area between the temple and the water that sits near the entrance. Although their set at Governors Ball this summer was a easy highlight at the festival, it was no comparison with the unique environment that surrounded me tonight.
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[new]: Interpol – Ancient Ways

By Will Oliver, August 18th 2014

Interpol - El Pintor

Believe it or not, we are a mere couple a weeks away from a new Interpol album. As you should know by now, it’s called El Pintor, and will be released on September 9 via Matador Records.

“All The Way Back Home” was the first single shared from the album, and today they’ve let go of a new track titled “Ancient Ways.”

The new song sees the band chug through classic Interpol riffage, with Paul Banks signature vocals guiding the band through the fog. It doesn’t jump out at you immediately, but its consistantly solid through and through. Hopefully the rest of the album is as enjoyable as both tracks that we’ve heard so far.

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Interpol – All The Rage Back Home

By Will Oliver, July 26th 2014 — with 1 comment


Interpol’s new album El Pintor will be released on September 9, and first single “All The Rage” got the full Interpol treatment, shot in black and white. Makes sense that singer/frontman Paul Banks co-directed the video with Sophia Peer.

I heard Interpol play the song at Governors Ball and was pretty satisfied with how it turned out. The recorded version lives up to that promise, and then some. It honestly may be one of my favorite Interpol songs of the new era.

Check out the “All The Rage Back Home” video below. I’ve also shared their upcoming U.S. dates for this fall, which includes two nights at Terminal 5 with Hundred Waters.
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Interpol at Governors Ball 2014

By Will Oliver, June 17th 2014 — with 1 comment


The last time I saw Interpol was at Radio City, way back in March 2005. It’s hard to believe, I know, considering that they’re one of my favorite bands. Back as a teenager, they were one of the first bands I found an interest in outside of commercial rock opening a lot of news doors for me musically. That Radio City show was one of my first rock concert experiences, and I still remember it very vividly.

As it always does, life eventually got in the way, and I was always in the wrong place at the wrong time whenever they would come back to play. It’s hard to believe its been nearly a decade since that show. So, their set at Governors Ball was something I was looking forward to with rabid anticipation ever since the lineup was announced months ago. I’m glad to say that it lived up to all my expectations, and then some.
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Interpol Announce New Album: ‘El Pintor’

By Will Oliver, June 5th 2014

Interpol - El Pintor

With their headline spot at Governors Ball this weekend, now is a good time for Interpol to announce news of their new album. It’s titled El Pintor and will be released sometime this September via Matador. Hopefully they will play plenty of the new material over the weekend, as they did in England this March, where they played “My Desire”, “Anywhere” and “All The Rage Back Home.”

Here’s the message that Matador shared about the album today on the Matablog:

On September 9, we’ll be releasing INTERPOL‘s first new album in 4 years, ‘El Pintor’ on LP, compact disc and all digital formats in North, Central and South America (PIAS/Co-op will be handling the rest of the world). Recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in New York City with engineer James Brown, the band’s fifth album – taut and epic in equal measure – finds Interpol recharged, and ready to reclaim their mantle as one of the planet’s best. ‘El Pintor’’s songs (track listing below) were written and produced by Interpol, with Daniel Kessler playing guitar & piano, Samuel Fogarino on drums, and Paul Banks on vocals, guitars, and taking over bass duties for the first time. The album also features contributions from The Secret Machines’ Brandon Curtis (keyboards), Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (Beck, Air) playing keyboards on “Tidal Wave,” and Rob Moose (Bon Iver) playing violin and viola on “Twice as Hard.” ‘El Pintor’ was mixed by Alan Moulder at Assault and Battery Studios, and mastered by Greg Calbi.

Interestingly Paul Banks will handle bass duties for the first time.

They’ve shared a making of video/trailer, which Adam Levite directed. There’s some short clips of new material included. Find that below, along with the El Pintor tracklist. Read the rest of this entry »

Interpol Announce New Tour Dates

By Will Oliver, June 3rd 2014


Interpol have announced new tour dates built around their Governors Ball performance in New York City next week. They are actually the bands first U.S. tour dates in three years.

The tour starts off in New Haven, CT on June 3 and will take them through Providence, RI, Burlington, VT, and Toronto before hitting Governor’s Ball. Then they will cut through Europe from late Jue to July, returning to the states for some more dates in August following Lollapalooza.

Find the full list of tour dates posted below.


3 – New Haven, Conn. @ Toad’s Place
4 – Providence, R.I. @ Lupos
5 – Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground
7 – Toronto, Ont. @ Field Trip Festival
8 – New York, N.Y. @ Governor’s Ball

1 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lollapalooza
20 – Tempe, Ariz. @ The Marquee Theatre
21 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
23 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ FYF Fest

3 – Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits Festival
10 – Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits Festival

Watch Interpol Play New Song: “Anywhere”

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2014


Last week Interpol played some new songs at their show in England. These songs are more than likely on their new album that they’re currently finishing. The new songs are titled “Anywhere”, “My Desire”, and “All The Rage Back Home.”

As you’d come to expect, some fans were kind enough to record some of the tracks. We got a full recording of “Anywhere” and a clip of “My Desire.” The quality is iffy on the recordings so it’s too early to judge, but they’re sounding pretty good as far as I can tell.

Find both posted below.
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