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Interpol Plays New Tracks at L.A.’s Mack Sennett Studios


Interpol at their intimate show at Mack Sennett Studios. Photo cred: Ethan Shvartzman

Fresh off a highlight set over the weekend at FYF Fest in Los Angeles, Interpol kept up the momentum for their upcoming album, El Pintor (Sept. 9), with an intimate show Tuesday night at L.A.’s Mack Sennett Studios, that was also streamed live by NPR Music and KCRW.

The historic Silverlake, Calif., venue was perfect for Interpol’s brooding post-punk, as the smallish room was darkened to create an ominous atmosphere with red and orange spotlights casting eerie darts from the stage.

Approving cheers rose from the 100-or-so invited guests as the New York City aught-rockers walked out and launched in to “Say Hello to the Angels” from their acclaimed 2002 debut, Turn on the Bright Lights.

It actually took Interpol five songs to get to El Pintor, but once they did – with “Breaker 1” – it was evident that the black-clothed artists hadn’t lost a step. The vibrant layers that Interpol has always been associated with were immediately realized in the first raspy strums from guitarist Daniel Kessler. The chorus that Paul Banks crooned further enticed the crowd to sway back and forth with his hypnotizing voice.

Interpol touched on several other catalog highlights, such as “Take You on a Cruise” and “C’Mere,” both of which are off 2004’s Antics, but it was the new stuff that had everyone buzzing.

El Pintor – an anagram of the band’s name that also happens to mean “the painter” in Spanish – was also represented by the likes of “My Desire,” “Anywhere” and “Same Town, New Story,” all of which carried hints of Interpol’s trademark lush guitars and driving, snare-heavy drums.

Interpol saved their latest single for the end of the proceedings, with the wistful “All the Rage Back Home,” a surf-leaning track that starts out dreamy before the tempo and Banks’ cadence speeds up considerably, causing an immediate dance party.

There were a lot of fans who got the chance to check out Interpol at FYF, but this Mack Sennett session was truly a global experience. Who would have thought it could be accomplished in such a tiny space?

A portion of the set will be broadcast on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on Friday, Aug. 29.

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Interpol Stay in the Shadows for ‘All the Rage Back Home’ Video


Interpol’s latest video for “All the Rage Back Home” is an understated affair, with frontman Paul Banks largely sticking to the shadows in the minimalist clip.

All the while, the viewer sees serene images of a surfer riding the waves as the drums and post-punk guitar kick in.

“All the Rage Back Home” is on Interpol’s upcoming album El Pintor, which is scheduled to drop Sept. 9.  In the meantime, check out the video below.

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Interpol Partners With David Lynch For Animated Clip


By Pauline France

If you caught Interpol during the 2011 Coachella festival, you may remember watching a short film directed by David Lynch playing on the video boards during the band’s performance of “Lights,” a track off their self-titled record. A video clip of the collaboration is now available on the web.

Band member and Grestch-wielding guitarist Daniel Kessler told the Huffington Post that the band has had long-time desires of engaging in a cinematic collaboration, and that Lynch has always been among their list of top choices.

“We’re all big fans of David,” said Kessler to HP. “It’s a common point, one of those things that’s unanimous.”

The clip features an animated character based on one of Lynch’s sketches. Watch below…

Visit Interpol’s website here for more info.

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Watch Interpol Live at Coachella


Watch Interpol perform “Barricade” off their 2010 eponymous album at the Coachella Music Festival.

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Interpol’s Coachella Set Visually Stunning


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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