In the days before blog’n’roll I used to spend quite a few hours watching music videos on MTV2. Most of the time it was the same old, same old, hour after hour, but every now and again something would come on by a band or singer I was completely unfamiliar with. Sometimes I would be able to hit the record button on the VHS machine and go back and listen to the song/watch the video again just to see if, on second or third listen it was worth pursuing. Sometimes there was no tape in the machine and I had to go with instinct.
The latter is what happened when I heard Interpol for the first time. But it was relatively easy in this instance as I reckon my ears were picking up the Bastard Son of Ian Curtis on lead vocal.
I went out and bought their debut album the next day. I should have in fact bought their EP instead as its reasonably rare and changes hands for not bad money while the album can be found relatively cheaply in some record shops (remember them?) every now and again.
Interpol seem to be one of those bands, like countrymen The Strokes, who got a lot of great things written and said about them initially, but when eventually they become commercially successful were dismissed by the critics as glory-hunters interested only in fame and fortune whose new songs aren’t as good as the old stuff.
There is a wee bit of truth in that sentiment in as much that after two cracking LPs in 2002 and 2004 to begin with, things went a bot downhill with 2007’s Our Love To Admire and while 2010’s self-titled LP was a bit of an improvement it still didn’t quite capture the magic of the early material.
2014 is set to be an important year for the band. Their first new material in four years is due for release, but crucially it will be the first without bassist/keyboardist Carlos Dengler who, depending on which version you believe, was sacked for persistent drugs misuse or left of his own accord to pursue his own musical direction. The thing is, many think Dengler’s talents were the essential element of Interpol, so as I say 2014 is set to be crucial,
In the meantime, here’s a few things for your enjoyment:-
mp3 : Interpol – PDA
mp3 : Interpol – Obstacle 1
mp3 : Interpol – Evil
mp3 : Interpol – The Heinrich Maneuver
mp3 : Interpol – Lights