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I've just recently heard their new album which I found to be good but nothing close to the 9.6 rating in Pitchfork. So what's the consensus?

Micheline Gros-Jean (Micheline), Thursday, 22 August 2002 21:37 (nineteen years ago) link

Third thread on these guys in the past week! We have a new meme! ;-) (Check the new answers board, Micheline, trust me :-) ).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 22 August 2002 21:39 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm sorry I've been busy with relocating and setting my place up so I'didn't realize that there were already thread devoted to this topic.

Micheline Gros-Jean (Micheline), Thursday, 22 August 2002 22:08 (nineteen years ago) link

they played 93 feet east last night, and i was going to go, but i didn't, but i'm going to Farben on sunday so i don't mind too much. i have never heard them (interpol, or, for that matter, Farben!)

gareth (gareth), Friday, 23 August 2002 07:38 (nineteen years ago) link

I think the cd is great. Best thing I've heard in a while. Not that I've done any sort of purchasing of new music or anything, I've been busy putting together wedding songs. But I was quite pleased when I heard it. Joy Division I don't really see all that much but the other thread mentioned something about the singer sounding like someone he couldn't put his finger on....I can see that. Vaguely familiar but I can't place it. There are a few songs that are annoying but otherwise I think its classic so far. Give it a month or so and then everyone will hate it with the same passion they hate the strokes.

Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 23 August 2002 10:52 (nineteen years ago) link

Standout tracks:

Say Hello To The Angels
Stella was a diver and she was always down
Leif Erickson

Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 23 August 2002 10:55 (nineteen years ago) link

A secret: they sound a *lot* more like the Strokes than any of their "this is the real deal not yer pop crap" advocates would care to admit (though lots of those advocates are probably Strokes advocates too). I mean, they're certainly more concerned with atmosphere and texture (which leads me to like them more personally), but there are very strong melodies throughout the album, and the rhythm guitarist plays the same sort of chunka-chunka insistent 8th note figures. I'm very happy with the record so far; I don't think I've quite listened to it in the right environment, but it is very strong.

Clarke B., Friday, 23 August 2002 13:56 (nineteen years ago) link

"there are very strong melodies throughout the album, and the rhythm guitarist plays the same sort of chunka-chunka insistent 8th note figures."

And this is obviously a technique which the Strokes invented.
Sorry Clarke, you're going to have to be a little more specific to convince. From your description, it sounds like your argument is that the Strokes and Interpol are both rock bands, and therefore they sound alike.

Nick A., Friday, 23 August 2002 14:23 (nineteen years ago) link

A secret: they sound a *lot* more like the Strokes

I've been getting a great sense of anticipation about this band and then you go and say this! Punk. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 23 August 2002 14:34 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm positive nothing sounds like American Girl.

Andy K (Andy K), Friday, 23 August 2002 14:40 (nineteen years ago) link

Andy's AMG review nails every possible salient point re: this record. And it is a fine, fine record. And, Christ, Ned, it's only $9.99 - bite the bullet, hippie.

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 23 August 2002 14:53 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh, I'm going to buy it at some point here. But I am a patient man when it comes to things turning up used. ;-) Worse comes to worse I'm sure I can find it in Boston in October -- asked around about that album at my local record store and they hadn't seen anything about it from Matador yet.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 23 August 2002 14:55 (nineteen years ago) link

$8.39 in good old Worcester, Ma. Who by the way are in the little league world series!!! Go wormtown! Anyways back to Interpol. The more I listen, the more I can't take it out of my cd player. Its been on repeat all day.

Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 23 August 2002 15:16 (nineteen years ago) link

Ned's losing his edge... to pretentious bands... with funny haircuts...

Andy K (Andy K), Friday, 23 August 2002 15:33 (nineteen years ago) link

to pretentious bands... with funny haircuts...

That's all of them, isn't it?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 23 August 2002 15:35 (nineteen years ago) link

from AMG review:

slaying the albatross this band has been unfairly strangled by is urgent and key.

meme monitor, Friday, 23 August 2002 18:43 (nineteen years ago) link

A few more steps and ILX's takeover of the AMG (and by default reviews everywhere from CDNow to BestBuy to god knows where else, and from there the world) is complete.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 23 August 2002 18:47 (nineteen years ago) link

the cadence of nyc practically DEMANDS for him to say "the city is a porno MOVIE" but instead he just stops after "the city" like he can barely keep himself together (*deep breath*) and sighs (sourly) "por no" which makes the whole thing seedier and sadder and conversely a million times lovelier...

there are hundreds of these moments on the record. this may explain why i can't get through the day without listening to it at least three times

mark p (Mark P), Friday, 23 August 2002 19:01 (nineteen years ago) link

of course i meant to type subway

mark p (Mark P), Friday, 23 August 2002 19:08 (nineteen years ago) link

i was just at the record store and was really impressed at how hard they are pumping this album!! selling it for 7 dollars i think, too.

ron (ron), Friday, 23 August 2002 19:32 (nineteen years ago) link

Well there's the one song which is a hybrid of "American Girl" and "This Charming Man" - I actually get aggravated at that song because I so want to hear one of the other two songs over those chords being strummed in that pattern with the little sashaying beat underneath.

Nick, it was late and I was tired - no excuse I know, but if you hear the record you'll see what I mean. Rhythmically speaking, there's no space in the guitar playing on some of the tracks - compare "Last Night," which has the same chord (an abbreviated chord for sure, maybe a power chord) played by one rhythm guitarist, with minor and gradual alterations in the fingerings but no variation in the down-pick-on-every-8th-note guitar figure, to Interpol's "Obstacle 1," to which the same description pretty much applies. Guitar 1 does the 8th note thing, while Guitar 2 accentuates the 1st and 3rd beats with a complimentary 2 8th-note strum. This is all getting a little too Guitar World for me, but hey, you asked for it. ;-)

Clarke B., Saturday, 24 August 2002 18:06 (nineteen years ago) link

Nick, thanks for trying to pin such a firm and dogmatic definition of rock on me - clears up all that semantic confusion over what is and isn't. If it's chunka-chunka 8th notes, it's rock; if it's not, it ain't.

Clarke B., Saturday, 24 August 2002 18:09 (nineteen years ago) link

The only song that I hear the Strokes guitar comparison in is PDA, which was the first song by Interpol (and for about 5 weeks, the only one) that I heard. But I really don't hear that so much on the other songs on the album; I just was playing Is This It for most of the morning, then put on the Interpol one after reading this, and...well, they sounds really different to me, but I don't have the musical education to explain why.
They both kind of feel suffocatingly dark at some points, but I'd connected that more to the singing than the style of guitar playing.

lyra (lyra), Saturday, 24 August 2002 20:01 (nineteen years ago) link

so let me get this straight, chunka chunka != rock?

boxcubed (boxcubed), Saturday, 24 August 2002 21:08 (nineteen years ago) link

No, boxcubed, it's not the case that chunka-chunka and *only* chunka-chunka = rock.

Clarke B. (emily), Sunday, 25 August 2002 02:58 (nineteen years ago) link

I can't believe someone compared this band to the Strokes....that alone almost scared me away from it, but I sucked it up today and bought it. Good thing, too, because it sounds NOTHING like the Strokes in my opinion! What kind of crack are some of you smoking?

As far as I can tell, the differences between this band and the Strokes are:

-Interpol actually puts a little effort into making its songs sound good, or at the very least doesn't go out of its way to make them sound like shit

-the singer can actually sing a little bit, unlike Mr. Casablancas who to my ears sounds like he's so constipated he hasn't taken a crap in 6 months

patrick, Sunday, 25 August 2002 23:19 (nineteen years ago) link

so i'm the only one who thinks the strokes are a million miles better than boring tuneless interpol then. (i can see why people would hate the strokes, but i really don't understand this slavish interpol adoration.) (note: this opinion based on 4 mp3s - that all sound like b-sides that shouldn't have even made it on to the b-side)

minna (minna), Sunday, 25 August 2002 23:30 (nineteen years ago) link

so i'm the only one who thinks the strokes are a million miles better than boring tuneless interpol then.

I'm sure Kris S. agrees with you, beyond that...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 26 August 2002 01:10 (nineteen years ago) link

any similarities between the strokes and interpol are apparently too subtle for my ears. one difference though, is that the strokesband ROX and could whup interpol's asses!!!

seriously though, who wants to leg wrestle for the strokes' honor?

boxcubed (boxcubed), Monday, 26 August 2002 01:35 (nineteen years ago) link

I like both bands very much. I also like the force md's.

Chris V. (Chris V), Monday, 26 August 2002 10:55 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm going to buy the Interpol album but I'm not expecting it to be nearly as good as Is This It?

Tom (Groke), Monday, 26 August 2002 10:59 (nineteen years ago) link

Maybe it was on one of the other threads but I'm surprised that absolutely no one has mentioned Echo and the Bunnymen on this one at all yet, because that's exactly what I hear when I listen to this album. I also don't hear Strokes at all with this baby, but I'm only listening to it for the first time, so maybe that'll come out later. (I doubt it.) I'm also thinking I'm hearing a bit of Wedding Present in there too. Oddly enough I find the Joy Div "influence" (sorry mark) relatively minimal apart from the occasional Ian C vocalism bursting out of the Ian McC vocalisms. Someone elsewhere had the audacity to say "The Cure", which is almost completely invalid as a reference point here, I think. But what the hell do I know?

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Monday, 26 August 2002 15:31 (nineteen years ago) link

Interpol and the Stokes ARE similar. Example:

Strokes release the Modern Age EP. Excellent, excellent release. The best thing they've done/will ever do. Album is a letdown.

Interpol release the self titled EP on Matador. Excellent, excellent release. Album is a letdown.

Yancey (ystrickler), Monday, 26 August 2002 15:59 (nineteen years ago) link

Surely that describes 97% of the bands out there, though?

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Monday, 26 August 2002 16:10 (nineteen years ago) link

Songs like PDA sound Strokesish, but that guy's voice is so different from Casablanca's that one could foret about it. When the singer gets into his straight-jacketed near-monotone, abetted by Peter Hook facsimiles on the bass, you get the Joy Division comparisons. Quite Classic.

sj (sinner), Monday, 26 August 2002 16:35 (nineteen years ago) link

does anyone have the definitive answer as to what the lyrics are in the chorus to NYC?

my ears desperately want to hear them as "nothing is a form of change in my life" but somehow i know i'm wrong.

correct me pls...

mark p (Mark P), Monday, 26 August 2002 21:08 (nineteen years ago) link

It sounds to me like "let there be some more change in my life".

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Monday, 26 August 2002 21:55 (nineteen years ago) link

Alrighty, I know I'm going to get tarred, feathered and run outta ILM-town on a rail for this, but I saw Interpol last night here in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom. Herewith a needlessly lengthy review that'll invariably irritate a few people, but so what? No one's reading another thread on Interpol again, so who cares?

I met my friend John at Katz's Delicatessen on Ludlow & East Houston (where
I once attended a "pastrami toss" to celebrate Cop Shoot Cop's major label
signing....seems like a thousand ice ages ago). After a highly ill-advised
meal of corned-beef & knishes, we sauntered over to the Bowery Ballroom.
John, unlike some of my other friends, quite enjoys getting to venues *VERY
EARLY* so as to maximize his entertainment-per-dollar expenditure. Fine with
me, as I'm just paranoid and maladjusted enough to always worry about
getting to events *LATE*. It works out well.

First up were a band called The Stills. Let's put it this way: today's
Stills are tomorrow's Dishwalla. Despite the absence of anything resembling
personality or creative innovation, the Stills -- who cop the same VISUAL
aesthetic as the Strokes with maybe just touch of Blur -- will invariably be
signed by some hungry label looking for their piece of the "New New York
Scene" pie. They'll probably crank out a perfectly bland single, allowing
jadesters like m'self to say "I actually saw them open for someone way back
in 2002,...and boy were they dull!" After a fleeting taste of success, in
very short order, they'll go the same way as, say, Vertical Horizon, Seven
Mary Three, Marcy Playground, Better Than Ezra, 3 Doors Down, the Gin
Blossoms, Semisonic, Fastball, Lifehouse, Train, the Verve Pipe, Sister
Hazel, Tonic, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum.

In short, they're so NOT promising that John and I were swiftly driven
downstairs to the bar, where we remained until the opening strains of the
next band reverberated through the room.

Next up, the very poorly-named Secret Machines. Despite their crap moniker,
the Secret Machines are an entirely different breed of cat than the Stills.
With no stagelighting save for three blinding floodlights behind them, the
band is a trio of very hairy young men who play very loudly, albeit with
very stark instrumentation. They're comprised of a drummer who was clearly
raised on a steady audio diet of "When the Levee Breaks," a guitar player
who mostly plays reverb-heavy bar chords, and a third gent who splits his
time between vocals, electric piano and what looked like a six-string bass.
The vocalist sings with some surprising passion, augmented by some
completely unexpected harmonies, courtesy of the guitarist. There are
actually some melodies at work here, under all the din (let alone retinal
damage, thanks to those floodlights). I was intrigued enough to spring the
ten bucks for their CD that they were hawking downstairs which -- surprise,
surprise -- ends up sounding nothing like the band I saw, substracting
nine-tenths of the sheer brute force of the band's live presentation. Not
terrible otherwise, though. The electric piano is a very novel touch for
this type of schtick, I thought. The band closed with a frenzied, high
volume rave-up ala the outro of "Helter Skelter" and exited the stage
without the slightest word to the audience. Noisy Hirsute Austerity.
Cooooool, man!

By this point, the Bowery Ballroom has filled up to capacity. I was
expecting a highly style-conscious contingent of the fabled
"electroclash"/Williamsburg neo-new-wave-disco-rock crowd (you know what I
mean: irony overload and retro-kitsch galore). While there was a bit of
those sorta shenanigans going on, it was largely a surprisingly mixed-bag
and "normal" looking crowd. I once again made the mistake of assuming that
the kid standing next to John and I in the EXODUS t-shirt must be an Exodus
fan, but when quizzed on the subject, he confessed to the retro-hip virus,
which I found rather sad. Don't fly the colours if ya haven't done the
groundwork first, dammit!

Not sure what time it was when Interpol finally came on, but by this point
it was as packed a house as I'd ever seen the Bowery Ballroom get. Given the
amount of hype currently surrounding the band -- coupled with the fact that
this was a hometown gig for them -- that shouldn't have been so surprising,
but I was still pretty shocked. I think many in attendance were there out of
sheer curiosity, though.

Before I launch into it, I'd like to preface the rest of my review by saying
I quite enjoy Interpol's album, which made the experience all the more

I'd already composed a lengthy laundry list of cutting little remarks and
nasty jibes on my way home last night (after some "condolence beers" at Max
Fish, a bar I feel way too old to be in these days), but those comments all
seem so petty and needlessly critical this morning. Put plainly, Interpol
are very lucky lads to have garnered the respectable press and credible
praise they're currently enjoying, as they're only a few precarious
baby-steps away from being a forgettable joke band like Orgy or Deadsy (two
laughable bands that happily accept their shameless retrofetish fixations).
That they've managed to somehow come across as "a band to watch" (as opposed
to "a band to ignore, unless you're thirteen years old") is impressive, but
it could all come collapsing like a house of cards. Despite STRENUOUSLY
denying certain key influences that the press automatically cite in reviews
(i.e. Joy Division, the Smiths, etc.), onstage Interpol wear their
influences on their sleeve. On a purely visual level, the band is completely
lacking in any real stage prescence. The only real movement onstage comes
courtesy of the bass player, but more about him in a second. I'm not saying
that every band has to be like Kiss or Iggy Pop and jump around like a bunch
of gibbons on crack, but Interpol just aren't much to watch. That's okay,
though, as neither are a lot of other perfectly respectable bands. At the
end of the day, they're still a new(ish) band and large-scale exposure has
come quickly -- maybe they're still adjusting.

Musically, Interpol fared pretty reasonably, faithfully recreating the album
(not in exact sequence, mercifully). Daniel Kessler's guitar really defines
the sound -- however monochromatic it all turns out. Coupled with Paul
Banks' mannered, adenoidal vocals, it's virtually *IMPOSSIBLE* not to play
'spot the reference' with their sound, as sonic allusions to the Smiths, the
Chameleons, the Cure, Public Image Ltd and -- of course -- Joy Division
abound. But, once again, they do it well, at least. It's how they present it
that's problematic.

From their stridently po-faced stance through their wardrobe (some odd
middle ground between Preppy, Mortician and Hitler Youth....again, only
slightly less silly than Deadsy), Interpol appear to take themselves *VERY*
seriously, and therein lies my biggest beef with them. Without a noticeable
sense of humour, it's harder to forgive them their otherwise blatant
appropriations. Maybe they have a hard time expressing it, or maybe I'm just
not noticing it. I don't know, but it's just not there.

What am I forgetting?! Oh yeah -- the bass player. How to improve Interpol
in ONE EASY STEP: Fire Carlos Dengler, the bass player. For every argument
the band makes against being a retro-pastiche pantomime act, their bass
player undermines it all. Looking like a refugee from an age he couldn't
possibly have been old enough to experience first hand, Dengler's obstinate
adherence to "New Wave fashion" of the most cartoony variety (think of that
"Quincy" episode featuring "punks" or pre-puberty Sarah Jessica Parker's
friends on "Square Pegs") almost single-handedly prevents Interpol from
being taken as seriously as they clearly take themselves. With his floppy
Teutonic fringe, red satin shirt, skinny black tie and :::ugh!:: black
arm-band, Dengler clearly belongs in Deadsy....or Orgy...or Menswe@r....or a
very-sad-indeed Christian Death cover band that was locked in someone's
basement in 1985. Couple said sartorial flourish with the predictable
low-slung bass ala Sid Vicious/Peter Hook/Simon Gallup, and Dengler
officially becomes the weakest link. Goodbye.

So, anyway, that's pretty much it. Despite all my misgivings, the band's
performance of "PDA" at the end of the set was still a great moment, as it's
simply a great song. The band *ARE* indeed capable of
delivering the goods, but they really need to either hone or ditch entirely
the schtick their currently pushing. Failing that, they will CONTINUE to
suffer jokers in the crowd yelling out "How Soon Is Now?" and "Transmission"
at them during their shows.

Interpol -- inheritors of the Black Crowes/Rancid trophy? Sadly, `tis true.

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 20:06 (nineteen years ago) link

...Dengler's obstinate adherence to "New Wave fashion" of the most cartoony variety (think of that "Quincy" episode featuring "punks" or pre-puberty Sarah Jessica Parker's friends on "Square Pegs")...

Yes. New wave, not punk -- totally different head, man.

Johnny Slash (Andy K), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 21:11 (nineteen years ago) link

i don't understand the strokes-interpol comparisons beyond the most superficial criteria -- hey, they're both pretty hyped bands filled with young, photogenic dudes from new york! -- which i suppose is why the new york times review of the show irked me so. is this going to be the trend now that every indie band to get lots of press gets compared to the strokes? that's like comparing every metal band to, i don't know, warrant or something.

nb i was at the show and i really enjoyed it.

maura (maura), Friday, 6 September 2002 18:22 (nineteen years ago) link

Strokes = the new Warrant. Discuss.

Alex in NYC, Friday, 6 September 2002 20:57 (nineteen years ago) link

Hey what if they weren't from New York?

Justin, Friday, 6 September 2002 21:30 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm going to buy the Interpol album but I'm not expecting it to be nearly as good as Is This It?

I was right!!

Tom (Groke), Saturday, 7 September 2002 09:20 (nineteen years ago) link

I had seven faces thought i knew which one to wear
I'm sick of spending these lonely nights training myself not to care
the subway is a porno pavements they are a mess
i know you've supported me for a long time
somehow i'm not impressed

New York Cares
New York Cares
New York Cares
New York Cares

subway she is a porno and the pavements they are a mess
i know you've supported me for a long time
somehow i'm not impressed

It's up to me now turn on the bright lights
It's up to me now turn on the bright lights

New York Cares
New York Cares
New York Cares
New York Cares

It's up to me now turn on the bright lights
oh, It's up to me now turn on the bright lights

Chris V. (Chris V), Monday, 9 September 2002 16:45 (nineteen years ago) link

obviously these are missing your request. but it sounds like what sean said.

Chris V. (Chris V), Monday, 9 September 2002 16:49 (nineteen years ago) link

I was under the impression it was "New York Kids," not "Cares". Could be wrong, though.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 9 September 2002 18:15 (nineteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Right on.

Andy K (Andy K), Tuesday, 8 October 2002 13:43 (nineteen years ago) link

I should mention that this is probably the funniest/best review I have ever read. For this week, at least.

Andy K (Andy K), Tuesday, 8 October 2002 13:57 (nineteen years ago) link

Agreed. Music journalism lives! In the Village Voice, of all places! Heh.

Aaron, Tuesday, 8 October 2002 14:06 (nineteen years ago) link

Can anyone explain the difference between Interpol and The Editors?

Interpol rip off Joy Division subtly and are sometimes great. Editors rip off Joy Division shamelessly and are always awful.

stephen, Sunday, 29 June 2008 21:32 (fourteen years ago) link

What you have to understand is that Mark Beaumont is a complete and utter cunt, and talentless, and a cunt, and an IPC yes-man at that. And a cunt.

Scik Mouthy, Monday, 30 June 2008 09:57 (fourteen years ago) link

I can't remember if John D's "things to compare Interpol to besides Joy Division" list mentioned Kitchens of Distinction, but it probably should have.

nabisco, Monday, 30 June 2008 15:19 (fourteen years ago) link

nabisco, please remember that there's no "I" in threesome.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 30 June 2008 15:21 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

It's been heartening to read them getting so much respect in all of the end of decade polls. Nice timing too as i think alot of people got a bit bored of them after the last album. This gives us all a nice bit of perspective. I keep hearing Daniel Kessler's guitar sound all over albums this year; Wild Beasts, The XX, White Lies etc.

God bless them!

piscesx, Tuesday, 1 December 2009 22:57 (twelve years ago) link

five months pass...

God damn it :(

piscesx, Monday, 10 May 2010 01:56 (twelve years ago) link

Off to give herpes to some other well-meaning band, I am sure.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 10 May 2010 01:57 (twelve years ago) link

Interpol’s star has risen steadily over the years,

it has?

chillwave of mutilation (electricsound), Monday, 10 May 2010 02:02 (twelve years ago) link

It SO has not. They signed to a major label and then essentially disappeared.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 10 May 2010 02:03 (twelve years ago) link


ksh, Monday, 10 May 2010 02:06 (twelve years ago) link

anyway, yeah, they peaked in 2002 in many's eyes, even though Antics is so great

ksh, Monday, 10 May 2010 02:06 (twelve years ago) link

eh i think they're actually more popular than y'all think -- they're just not that "cool" anymore. more like kings of leon fans are into them.

tylerw, Monday, 10 May 2010 02:45 (twelve years ago) link

There's a match made in hell.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 10 May 2010 02:46 (twelve years ago) link


ksh, Monday, 10 May 2010 02:47 (twelve years ago) link

something something boat something out to see something babyyyyyyy

ksh, Monday, 10 May 2010 02:47 (twelve years ago) link

What a disaster for Interpol.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Monday, 10 May 2010 14:10 (twelve years ago) link


ksh, Monday, 10 May 2010 14:16 (twelve years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Dave Pajo replaces Carlos D?

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 10:07 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, Pitchfork reported that a couple of days ago:

Vision Creation Mansun (NickB), Tuesday, 8 June 2010 10:14 (twelve years ago) link

Still feeling sad for the guy :(

Vision Creation Mansun (NickB), Tuesday, 8 June 2010 10:15 (twelve years ago) link

also, what's-his-name from Secret Machines.

new track that's been floating around is unbelievably crap.

Simon H., Tuesday, 8 June 2010 10:27 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

here is their new video:

Boo Radley (Bee OK), Friday, 25 June 2010 04:57 (twelve years ago) link

it's so funny to see people being so nice about interpol up top

akm, Friday, 25 June 2010 05:12 (twelve years ago) link

I've never understood the hate for Our Love to Admire. I really like the new song, too.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Friday, 25 June 2010 05:20 (twelve years ago) link

four years pass...

flappy bird, Sunday, 31 May 2015 05:03 (seven years ago) link

I've never understood the hate for Our Love to Admire

always thought it had a half-dozen or so really good songs, but it's hard to listen to in terms of its mixing. the s/t is the one I find really underrated.

fuck me, archipelago (Simon H.), Sunday, 31 May 2015 09:19 (seven years ago) link

paul banks has said that totbl is "unlistenable" for him because of his vocals. the vocals get worse and worse with each record. there's gotta be a thread for that, when an artist can't stand whatever most of their fans love most. Antics is great, less distortion/more crooning.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 2 June 2015 16:40 (seven years ago) link

Paul Banks' singing is the least interesting thing about Interpol.

The Hauntology of Celebrity (Branwell with an N), Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:14 (seven years ago) link

what about his body?

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:17 (seven years ago) link

i like banks' voice. he reminds me more of gord downie than anyone

also i think i could isolate my favorite parts of certain interpol songs to his voice. "enough with this fucking incense" from "mammoth," for instance

branwell, you don't like PB's singing or Carlos' basslines - what's left?

flappy bird, Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:35 (seven years ago) link

The only interesting thing about Paul Banks' body is wondering if his "silent parts" are as heavily speckled as his face.

The Hauntology of Celebrity (Branwell with an N), Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:36 (seven years ago) link

kessler obv


I've come around on Carlos. (Surprised sometimes?)

But the best thing about Interpol is still the drums. (And the layer-cake approach to reverb.)

The Hauntology of Celebrity (Branwell with an N), Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:38 (seven years ago) link

Kessler's body obv.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 June 2015 17:53 (seven years ago) link

Mostly I'm anticipating Carlos' book... Should be good fun (if he can lay off trying to impress "Millennials" on Tumblr long enough to actually finish it.)

He's playing bass in another band now so I guess it was Interpol he hated, not bass playing.

(His over-treble-y tone is still annoying, but I suppose being "annoying" is his obscure charm.)

The Hauntology of Celebrity (Branwell with an N), Tuesday, 2 June 2015 18:10 (seven years ago) link

eleven months pass...
three months pass...

flappy bird, Friday, 2 September 2016 17:39 (five years ago) link


the hair - it's lost its energy (Turrican), Friday, 2 September 2016 17:46 (five years ago) link

I figured this revive would be about the Banks and Steelz record. It's not very good. (The song with Florence is decent.)

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 2 September 2016 18:44 (five years ago) link

three years pass...

i just got convinced to go to the Morrissey show next week here in Los Angeles. i can't stand Morrissey because of his hard right politics but doing a favor for a girl and you know sometime in life you need to do that for the better sex. i did love The Smiths and actually was able to see them twice on the Queen Is Dead[ tour and that was amazing. i can't stand him and hope he doesn't go into things at this show.

anyways, the bonus and really the only reason i'm going is because i do get to see Interpol. is Interpol been good live lately? has anyone seen then recently and can tell me i have made a good choice? i have never seen Interpol live before.

Bee OK, Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:40 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

This song from a new Banks side project is way more promising than anything on the last album.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 6 March 2020 16:18 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Has anyone heard The Other Side of Make-Believe yet?

Out today

Bee OK, Friday, 15 July 2022 21:25 (one month ago) link

They put out a video this week that I didn't love, but I'm still probably gonna give the album at least one listen this weekend.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 15 July 2022 21:39 (one month ago) link

After one listen, I like it a lot. I think Interpol are perfectly designed for me, because I don't care about lyrics at all and whatsisname sings them in such a just-woke-up-from-an-afternoon-nap-that-was-accidentally-about-20-minutes-too-long way that they're rendered instantly forgettable, but their guitar and drum sounds (production by Flood and Alan Moulder) are really beautiful.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 16 July 2022 15:26 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Shocked and really happy that something like “Toni” exists in this day and age

calstars, Saturday, 30 July 2022 22:21 (two weeks ago) link

Paul’s voice sounds pretty weak tho

calstars, Saturday, 30 July 2022 22:27 (two weeks ago) link

This is surprisingly good, unperson very much otm, it's all about Kessler's guitar and Fogarino's drums.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 4 August 2022 17:34 (one week ago) link

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