Tuesday, May 15, 2007


New York's Interpol reminds anyone who has ever heard post-punk bands like Joy Division and the Chameleons of those exact bands, plus a few more. The roots of the band -- as far as its members are considered -- can be traced back to a partnership between Daniel Kessler (a guitarist and vocalist) and a fellow New York University student named Greg Drudy (a drummer). Kessler struck up a friendship with another NYU student, Carlos Dengler, who had previously played guitar and felt like becoming involved with music for a second time. He took up the bass and keyboard duties. And by sheer coincidence, Kessler later bumped into Paul Banks, a guitarist/vocalist he knew from time spent in France. With the lineup settled, Interpol became a fully active band in 1998. After the band's first gigs in early 2000, Drudy vacated his position and was replaced by Sam Fogarino.

They started playing out frequently, including regular appearances at clubs in and around New York like Brownie's and the Mercury Lounge. A brief tour of the U.K. in April of 2001 was punctuated by a radio session for John Peel's BBC program; at that point, the band was touring in support of a limited-edition EP released through the Chemikal Underground label's Fukd I.D. series. (They had also appeared on a compilation that was released just prior to Fukd I.D. called Clooney Tunes for another U.K. indie, Fierce Panda.) 2001 also saw a self-released EP from the band and another compilation appearance on Arena Rock's This Is Next Year, a double-disc set of Brooklyn-area acts. Matador signed the band in 2002 and issued a three-song single and the band's debut LP (Turn on the Bright Lights) by year's end. The album made the band indie stars, and extensive touring around the world followed. Just prior to releasing their second album (Antics) in September of 2004, they opened for the Cure as part of that band's Curiosa Festival.

Their upcoming album, titled Our Love to Admire, will be released July 9, 2007 in the UK on Parlophone and July 10, 2007 in the US on Capitol Records, preceding a Japanese release on July 14. The first single from the album, "The Heinrich Maneuver," was released on May 7, 2007. Popular music magazine Billboard has described the song as "a peppy kiss-off to an ex-love now residing on the opposite coast. Recommended!

Interpol - The Heinrich Maneuver
Interpol - Live @ Coachella 2007
Interpol @ MySpace

Forward Russia - Give Me A Wall !!!
CSS - Cansei De Ser Sexy !!!
Sparta - Porcelain + Threes + Wiretap Scars !!!
Dinosaur Jr - You Are Living All Over Me !!!
Feist - The Reminder !!!
+ Fugazi, Jeff Buckley, New Order, Radiohead, The Shins, The Stone Roses, Travis, etc.
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - The Tyranny Of Distance
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
+ Animal Collective, The Shins, Kanye West, M.I.A., Cam'ron, Clipse, etc.
Interpol - Antics + Black Sessions
Gravenhurst - Flashlight Seasons
Ratatat - Classics
Lexaunculpt - The Blurring Of Trees


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Blogger rodrigo said...

interpol my love.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great band, if you haven't seen them live its a must. For all you fans heres a new fansite to keep you busy :) interpolonline.com

4:10 AM  

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