Interpol play London
The band went down a storm at the Ali Pali this weekend...
With Arcade Fire being the last band to play the Alexandra Palace, it was always going to be interesting to see whether the brooding, more intimate sounding Interpol could own the oversized function room as much as the noisy Canadian collective did.
With no video screens and the trademark subdued lighting washing over the New York four piece (well, five if you count the panama sporting keys player) it was an altogether different beast. Opener Pioneer to the Falls set the tone with Daniel Kesslers guitar jangle haunting the upper reaches of the cavernous hall. This was to be a slow burner of a gig, full of shimmering beauty.
Only a band as talented as Interpol, blessed with songs that induce real emotional response could hold such a large throng enthralled in such a large venue. This was never more evident than in one of the standout tracks The Lighthouse off the new album Our Love to Admire. Paul Banks voice and Kesslers guitar flew into the church-like room as if this is where the song belonged.
But the real highlight was during the three song encore of The Specialist, Obstacle 1 and PDA. The world outside the Alexandra Palace could have crumbled to nothing and no one inside the venue would have blinked for when Kesslers moaned vocals cut through the desperate, heart-broken climax Interpol truly could have been scoring the end of the world.