Interpol – Live at Splendour In The Grass – July 27, 2014 – Triple-J Radio Broadcast
Interpol in concert this weekend. Their only show in Australia during Interpol’s 2014 world tour ahead of release of their fifth studio album, El Pintor which came out in September of that year.
Interpol is an American rock band from Manhattan, New York. Formed in 1997, their original line-up consisted of Paul Banks (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Daniel Kessler (lead guitar, backing vocals), Carlos Dengler (bass guitar, keyboards), and Greg Drudy (drums). Drudy left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Sam Fogarino. Dengler left to pursue other projects in 2010, with Banks taking on the additional role of bassist instead of hiring a new one.
Having first performed at Luna Lounge alongside peers such as the Strokes, Longwave, the National, and Stellastarr, Interpol is one of the bands associated with the New York indie music scene and one of several groups that emerged from the post-punk revival of the 2000s. The band’s sound is generally a mix of staccato bass and rhythmic, harmonized guitar with a snare-heavy mix, drawing comparisons to post-punk bands such as Joy Division, Television, and the Chameleons. The band has no primary songwriter, with each member contributing to composition.
Interpol’s debut album Turn On the Bright Lights (2002) was critically acclaimed, making it to No. 10 on NME’s list of the top albums of the year and No. 1 on Pitchfork Media’s list of the top 50 albums of the year. Subsequent records Antics (2004) and Our Love to Admire (2007) brought greater critical and commercial success. The band released its self-titled fourth album in September 2010, then went on hiatus while they focused on other projects.
The band announced on June 5, 2014 that their fifth studio album, entitled El Pintor, would be released on September 9, 2014. This album’s name was derived as an anagram by Paul Banks who created the name while thinking of new design concepts for merchandise. It was the band’s first album since the departure of bassist Carlos Dengler, with Paul Banks taking over bass duties for the first time as well as touring member Brandon Curtis taking over keyboard duties on nine of the ten album tracks.
To promote the album, Interpol embarked a world tour which started in June 2014. While on tour in November, the band were one of the many caught in the heavy snow storms in Buffalo, New York. The band’s tour bus was unable to move and they were stuck under the snow for more than 50 hours. Three shows, two in Canada and one in Boston, were postponed as a result. Touring for El Pintor culminated in a performance at the 2015 Electric Picnic festival.
In case you missed it in 2014, crank it up now and make up for lost time.
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