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Interpol’s Coachella Set Visually Stunning

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Written by Mike Duffy

Interpol’s much-anticipated set from Coachella’s main stage was just as much about the visual effects as it was the music, and that’s how the band kind of wanted it.

Heading into the massive festival, Interpol announced that they were teaming up with director David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive) to create an experience where “the observer becomes the observed,” and once that happens, “the performance explores the deepening layers of covert surveillance.”

The experiment took place in the second half of the show, as a cartoon played simultaneously alongside the dark “Evil,” a hit from Interpol’s second album, Antics.

Now touring on their fourth, the eponymous Interpol, the New York rockers came on at the prime spot in the day when the sun was falling over the California mountains.  They definitely took advantage of it on other songs, as well.

As the sky darkened, the “Coachella” Stage’s two huge video boards showcased several eye-catching images, which were also repeated on huge screens behind Interpol’s guitarist Daniel Kessler, who played a Gretsch for most of the night, and bassist Brad Truax.

During a packed-crowd favorite, the song “Barricade” was played with images of all three guitarists on the facades, swathed in a red tint and with Matrix-style numbers dropping down in red, the main color used throughout the visual affair.

But one of the biggest pops came when the opening chords of “Evil” were played. “Rosemary, heaven restores you in life/You’re coming with me now/Through the aging, the fearing, the strife.”

The younger crowd immediately rushed nearer to the stage to film their next YouTube video or host a personal viewing party.

It seems that the new-wave band that broke out to so much success in the early 2000s, only to drift to the back of the pack as the decade wore on, is now ready to stay insert themselves back in the forefront.

Given this day and digital age, Friday’s visually- and sonically-arresting performance has them on the right track.

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Watch Interpol Perform on Conan

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Interpol dropped by Conan last week to perform the stark ballad “Lights” off 2010′s self-titled album.

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Interpol Release Live Footage

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Interpol has released live footage of three songs — “Success,” “Barricade,” and “Stella Was a Driver and She Was Always Down” —  from a show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Saturday Night Live‘s Fred Armisen provides intros for each clip.

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Interpol Releases Self-Titled Album

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Interpol returns after three years with its fourth album, a self-titled effort that was released on Tues., Sept. 7.

Take a look at the new music video for Interpol track “Barricade,” which was directed by Moh Azima and shot at the Floyd Bennett Airfield in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The New York alt-rockers will open for U2 for the last half of September before a headlining tour that takes them through December. Click here for tour dates.

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Interpol on Letterman

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Interpol guitarist Daniel Kessler took his Gretsch along to perform “Barricade” on the Late Show with David Letterman on July 29. The song is featured on their upcoming self-titled album, due out Sept. 7.

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