Gig Review: Interpol
The New Yorkers hit the Capital for a special one off show
Ahead of their T in the Park gig this weekend New York comedown kings Interpol performed an impressive one-off show at Londons Astoria last night (July 2).
They played a mixed set showing off material from their upcoming album Our Love to Admire as well as knocking out some fan favorites.
Beginning with a moody, blue-lit stage and the ominous sounding new track Pioneer To The Falls it was clear this wasnt going to be a beach party - but the dark, epic and often sentimental sound that has gained Interpol their cult"like indy status didnt disappoint the sold-out crowd for a second.
While new tracks Mammoth, Rest My Chemistry and new single The Heinrich Maneuver got a good response it was slicing their way through classics Slow Hands, Evil, Obstacle 1 and Stella was a Diver that the crowd really lost the plot, raising the roof until the intensity of the tunes rose to near critical levels. Emotional stuff indeed.
Biggest cheers of the night came for the bands encore: two classics from their 2002 debut Turn On the Bright Lights, NYC and an extended version of infectious early single PDA.
Not the cheeriest set in the world, but Interpol proved without doubt that precision guitar chops, expressive lyrics and a few pouts along the way can sometimes be enough to make a grown man cry.