- El Pintor
Release Date : September 9th 2014
- Turn On The Bright Lights: The 10th Anniversary Edition
Release Date : December 11th 2012
Release Date : September 7th 2010
- Antics: The Special Edition
Release Date : August 23rd 2005
Release Date : September 28th 2004
- Turn On The Bright Lights
Release Date : August 20th 2002
- Turn On The Bright Lights: The 10th Anniversary Edition - OLE-993 - 2012-12-11
- Turn On The Bright Lights - OLE-545 - 2012-08-20
- Interpol - OLE-945 - 2010-09-07
- Antics: The Special Edition - OLE-679 - 2005-08-23
- Antics - OLE-616 - 2004-09-28
- Try It On Remixes EP - OLE-957 - 2011-07-12
- C'mere - OLE-664 - 2005-04-11
- Length Of Love/A Time To Be So Small (Ltd. Ed. 7” Series #5) - OLE-634 - 2004-09-28
- Public Pervert/C’mere (Ltd. Ed. 7” Series #4) - OLE-633 - 2004-09-24
- Slow Hands/Not Even Jail (Ltd. Ed. 7” Series #3) - OLE-632 - 2004-09-21
- NARC/Take You On A Cruise (Ltd. Ed. 7” Series #2) - OLE-631 - 2004-09-17
- Next Exit/Evil (Ltd. Ed. 7” Series #1) - OLE-630 - 2004-09-14
- Slow Hands - OLE-636 - 2004-09-13
- Evil - OLE-637 - 2004-09-13
- Obstacle 1 / Arthur Baker Remix - OLE-594 - 2003-09-15
- Say Hello To The Angels - OLE-582 - 2003-04-14
- Obstacle - OLE-570 - 2002-11-11
- Interpol - OLE-546 - 2002-06-04
There were no guarantees that Interpol would make another record. Following the departure of bassist Carlos Dengler at the end of sessions for their 2010 self-titled LP and a relentless marathon of more than 200 shows in support of it, the band's remaining members—guitarist Daniel Kessler, singer/guitarist Paul Banks, and drummer Sam Fogarino—took a break for most of 2012. For the first time, they all lived in different cities, providing both geographic and mental distance from all things Interpol.
Technically speaking, all things Interpol began at NYU in 1997, when Kessler recruited Dengler and Banks to form a band. "I didn’t care so much about talented musicians or having similar tastes in music as finding people with a certain sensibility," he remembers. In 2002, with Fogarino on drums, the band signed to Matador and released 'Turn On The Bright Lights,' which Pitchfork named the year's #1 album. Over the next decade, they would go on to release a trio of records that found them cracking the Top 5 on the Billboard 200; earning rave reviews from Rolling Stone to TIME along with performances on Letterman, Conan, Leno, and more; headlining major festivals like Lollapalooza and All Tomorrow's Parties; and touring with iconic bands including U2 and the Cure. They explored side and solo projects during their time apart, but ultimately found themselves drawn back together again, not by any expectations of returning to the studio, but rather by that same unshakable urge that brought them together in the first place, to let the music lead them where it may.
"Paul and I got together for a short spell in August 2012, which was the first foray into seeing if we should do something," remembers Kessler. "We had no plans whatsoever. I certainly didn't have anything in my brain saying we had to do this. It was just us playing music to see if there was something there."
It quickly became apparent that there was indeed something there, something urgent and compelling, something revitalized and reenergized by their time apart.
"Paul started singing in that first day or two, which is great, because it doesn't always happen like that," remembers Kessler, who composes much of the music. "I think he had the chorus melody for 'My Desire' right off the bat, so there was this good energy. It felt very exciting, like this was the beginning of something."
Those hot August days spent sweltering in an AC-less rehearsal space belonging to fellow NYC band Battles proved to be the birthing ground for 'El Pintor,' Interpol's fifth and most exhilarating studio album. It's a driving, relentless record, taut and epic in equal measure. It's also an album of firsts.
"Carlos was a gigantic part of our band, and he contributed greatly to our records," Kessler explains. "So recording without Carlos was definitely a change. But we didn’t spend much time thinking about it, we just closed our circle and dealt with what was on the table."
That meant Banks stepping in to write and perform the bass parts for the first time.
"[Playing bass] came up organically as a result of having writer's block when I was working with Daniel with just a guitar," Banks told Rolling Stone. "He was playing me the music he'd written, and a lot of these chord progressions are open to interpretation in terms of music theory, and I found it very difficult to get any ideas on guitars or vocals. We had three rehearsals booked, and it was like, 'We're not doing anything because I can't think of anything on guitar, so either we cancel this or I bring a bass tomorrow and see what happens.' I brought a bass the next day and we were off and running. We wrote, 'Anywhere,' which is a pretty big song on the record, the following day."
With Banks on bass, "the songs started growing in identity," explains Kessler, who frequently found exciting and unexpected counterparts to his guitar riffs in Banks' bass lines during those early writing sessions. "It was sort of like a new band in that sense."
Fogarino joined rehearsals later, adding his resolutely tenacious percussion to the arrangements Kessler and Banks had worked up, and he immediately found himself surprised by what he heard.
"Daniel and Paul had been hashing out some stuff and had early arrangements when I came in," remembers Fogarino, "and within that week we had maybe three rough recordings of the songs. The fidelity wasn’t so good, but the performances were, and that was the first time it was just the three of us. It became apparent at that moment that this is what happens when you're a band for over ten years. I wasn’t expecting to be taken aback by it, but the marked change by our abilities as a band kind of punched me in the face. Just jumping into the fray not knowing what they'd been doing, that spoke volumes about how it's meant to be, how right we are together."
Recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios and the brand new Atomic Sound in NYC, 'El Pintor' kicks off with "All The Rage Back Home," a song that was actually born on the final day of the band's last tour, as Kessler stood on a balcony overlooking Buenos Aires. It's likely no coincidence, then, that the song signals a return to what Interpol does best, layering pulsing bass, bursts of guitar, and driving drums beneath Banks' instantly recognizable voice.
"My Desire" fell into place almost instantly during rehearsals with a throbbing beat and insistent guitar riffs that shoot off like flares into the night, while "Same Town, New Story" took on an entirely new identity in the studio, as Banks crafted up an unexpected melodic context for Kessler's laser-sharp guitar lines.
Lyrically, there's an air of darkness that weaves its way throughout the record. "This kind of shit don't heal in a week," Banks sings on "My Blue Supreme," and titles like "Twice As Hard" and "Everything Is Wrong" hint at a struggle for acceptance during difficult times, to not be "beaten by the weight of it," as he laments on "Ancient Ways."
In contrast with previous records, Interpol took a step back on 'El Pintor' and "let the songs happen," as Fogarino explains, embracing the patience it took to see where the music would lead them in its own due time. There may not have been any guarantees that they would record again, but the result is as accomplished and thrilling a collection as the band has ever released.
News From The Matablog
Below find the details on where to catch Matador bands during the second weekend of Coachella, which begins in a mere number of hours. TOMORROW, Friday, April 9 Interpol – 7:25pm PST – Coachella Stage Saturday, April 10 Perfume Genius – 1:55pm PST – Outdoor Theatre Belle and Sebastian – 6:40 pm PST – Outdoor Theatre This weekend with have a live broadcast from the festival on the AXS TV Network (with a replay within 24 hours for time zone purposes). Relive last weekend's sets here: youtube.com/coachella and Coachella.com.
Interpol, April 9th, Coachella Stage Perfume Genius, April 10th, Outdoor Theatre (videos courtesy of Coachella)
For those attending "Coachella" this weekend find information below on where to catch Matador bands this during weekend 1 of the festival. TOMORROW, Friday, April 9 Interpol - 7:25pm PST - Coachella Stage Saturday, April 10 Perfume Genius - 1:55pm PST - Outdoor Theatre Belle and Sebastian - 6:40 pm PST - Outdoor Theatre Not attending? It's the future and you can can stream sets on youtube.com/coachella and Coachella.com as well as turn into Sirius radio for the live broadcast.
This morning Interpol released Panda Bear's remix of "All The Rage Back Home" which can be streamed in full above. Casual reminder: On Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18) we’ll be releasing a 7″ of “Everything Is Wrong” b/w “What Is What” featuring cover art by Shepard Fairey (shown below) : Very soon, the band will be back on tour in North America, including a return to Coachella. A full list of dates below: Wednesday, April, 8 – Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ Thursday, April, 9 – Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, San Diego CA Friday, April, 10 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio CA Sunday, April, 12 – Marquee Theatre, Tempe AZ Wednesday, April, 15 – The Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV Thursday, April, 16 – Shrine Expo Hall, Los Angeles Friday, April, 17 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio CA Monday, April, 20 – Knitting Factory, Reno NV Tuesday, April, 21 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco CA Thursday, May, 7 – The National, Richmond VA Friday, May, 8 – The Ritz, Raleigh NC Friday, May, 8 – Sunday, May, 10 – Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA Monday May, 11 – The Pageant, St. Louis MO Tuesday May, 12 – Egyptian Room – Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN Wednesday, May, 13 – The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit MI Friday, May, 15 – Bogart’s, Cincinnati OH Saturday, May, 16 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh PATuesday, July, 14 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, CanadaWednesday, July, 15 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, CanadaMonday, July, 20 – State Theatre, Portland ME Tuesday, July, 21 – Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn NY Thursday, July, 23 – House of Blues, Boston MAFriday, July, 24 – House of Blues, Boston MA Saturday, July, 25 – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia PA Monday, July, 27 – The NorVa, Norfolk VA Tuesday, July, 28 – Echostage, Washington DC Wednesday, July, 29 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park NY Friday, July, 31 – Metropolis, Montreal QCFriday, July, 31 – Sunday, August, 2 – Osheaga Festival, Montreal QCThose in attendance, you can upload photos and/or videos with the hashtag #interpolnyc and be featured on this page: http://interpolnyc.com/worldtour/ Order ‘El Pintor’ from the following : LP or CD from the Matador Store Interpol store iTunes Amazon Google Play Best Buy Target Interpol – official site Interpol – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Interpol YouTube channel
Earlier this week, Primavera Sound Barcelona's lineup for 2015 was announce and we are taking up some serious real estate. For those making the pilgrimage this year for the festival's 15th year anniversay, make note of the following: THURSDAY, May 28 The Thurston Moore Band FRIDAY, May 29 Belle and Sebastian Perfume Genius Tobias Jesso Jr. (True Panther Sounds) SATURDAY, May 30 Interpol Fucked Up Tickets and more information can be found here.
7/10/07--Interpol back catalog on sale in honor of new album
Today marks the release of Interpol's third full length and first album not on Matador, "Our Love To Admire." To coincide with the release, the Matador Store is selling "Turn On The Bright Lights" and "Antics" CDs at a special sale price. Check it out HERE.
7/9/07--Interpol Ringtones Now Available
Matador Records is pleased to announce a new ringtones service. We currently have ringtones available from 11 artists, including Interpol, and more are coming soon. mobile.matadorrecords.com is the new home for all your Matador ringtones needs.
5/03/07 — "Our Love To Admire" coming in July on Capitol Records
Interpol will release their third album record July 10 on Capitol. It's called "Our Love To Admire," and more details can be found at Capitol Records' Interpol site.
9/01/06 — Interpol Sign To Capitol Records
After a very successful run on Matador Records, Interpol have made the decision to decamp for Capitol. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors, and, at the risk of repeating ourselves, we'll just say this one last time: building permits aren't what they used to be. You try building a tower in the shape of a stack of records in modern day New York and see if it gets approved.
11/12/05 — Remix EP coming; short film nominated for an Oscar
Interpol's 4 individual remixes from 'Antics' will shortly be available on the popular CD and 12" formats, under the title 'Interpol Remix.' The CDEP will be out on November 22. The super-deluxe accordion/box vinyl 4X12" set with laminated embossed sleeve (and the 4 original tracks as well as the 4 remixes) will be hitting stores on December 6.
Both formats are available for preorder from the Matador Store.
Finally, we're happy to mention that Talmadge Cooley's "Dimmer", one of the 10 winning Interpol short films from the Matador sponsored contest last Autumn, is under consideration for a Short Film Academy Award.
You can see "Dimmer" on the Interpol site, and also read the original story about the contest.
10/31/05 — QuickTime listening party for the Special Edition
With our typically impecable timing, the Interpol 'Antics: The Special Edition' QuickTime listening party is up. Click on the photo of Interpol to start the party. In my day, parties had food, drinks and non-disclosure agreements to sign afterwards, but perhaps I'm just showing my age.
09/06/05 — Final show of tour announced: NYC October 2nd
The final Interpol show of the tour has been announced. It will take place at Webster Hall on Sunday, October 2nd, with special guests Boom Bip and Child Ballads. Tickets are $31 and go on sale September 23rd.
07/27/05 — Antics: The Special Edition; Mexico, US Sept tour
On August 23, Matador will be re-releasing Interpol's universally beloved 2nd album as 'Antics: The Special Edition'.
title sticker by Mark Ohe
'Antics: The Special Edition' will include the following:
Bonus CD with "Song Seven" and one remix by each band member:
• Song Seven
• NARC (Paul Banks remix)
Engineered by Julian Plenti.
• Not Even Jail (Daniel Kessler remix)
Engineered by Datach'i.
• Fog. vs. Mould for the Length of Love
Remixed by Sam Fog. and Bob Mould at Bennett Studios
Additional Engineering by Brian Dozoretz.
• Public Pervert (Carlos D remix)
Engineered by James Mullen.
Plus the 3 Antics videos as QuickTime files
• Slow Hands - Directed by Daniel Levi
• Evil - Directed by Charlie White
• C'Mere - Directed by Associates in Science
Smarkpak in O-card with title sticker
We realize that some Interpol completists will feel cheated at having to purchase the same album twice, but we remind each and everyone of you, that you possess free will. You don't have to purchase anything. Heck, we used to employ Carrie McLaren, the whole anxiety-for-material-goods thing is something we're well versed in.
That said, we do think this is makes a great holiday gift. Like, Columbus Day, for instance. Preorder through the Matador Store and receive a $3 discount of the regular $13 price.
Later this fall, Interpol will be offering the remixes as a deluxe EP on CD and vinyl.
Interpol will be playing the following "don't call them secondary" markets this September.
9/9 - Grand Prarie TX - Nokia Theatre
9/10 - Kansas City MO - Uptown Theatre
9/11 - Denver CO - Fillmore Auditorium
9/12 - Salt Lake City UT - Kingsbury Hall
9/14 - Davis CA - Freeborn Hall
9/15 - San Jose CA - San Jose Civic Auditorium
9/17 - Peoria AZ - Peoria Sports Complex
9/18 - San Diego CA - SDSU Open Air Arena
9/19 - Las Vegas NV - The Joint
9/20 - Los Angeles CA - Greek Theatre
9/23 - Tulsa OK - Cain's Ballroom
9/24 - Champaign IL - Assembly Hall
9/25 - Ann Arbor MI - Michigan Theater
9/26 - Cleveland OH - Agora Theatre
9/28 - Toronto ON - Kool Haus
9/29 - Montreal QC - Metropolis
9/30 - Portland ME - State Theatre
In addition, Interpol will be playing Mexico for the first time, as follows:
9/5 - Mexico City - World Trade Center (capacity 7000, both shows sold out)
9/6 - Mexico City - World Trade Center
9/7 - Guadalajara - Foro Alterna
Our licensee in Mexico, Noiselab, will be re-releasing 'Turn On The Bright Lights' in that country with extra tracks "Interlude" and "Specialist," plus QuickTime versions of the three videos from that album, "PDA," "NYC" and "Obstacle 1."
06/08/05 — New song for 'Six Feet Under,' Pixies show
Currently in the midst of playing radio festivals across the US, Interpol have recorded a new song, "Direction" for inclusion on compilation CD 'Six Feet Under: Everything Ends, Music From The HBO Original Series - Vol. 2', coming out June 21 on Astralwerks.
Writes Daniel Kessler:
"We wrote this song specifically for the show and the soundtrack. We're all fans of Six Feet Under so we wanted to contribute something that wasn't just a new single, but a song that would work as an intrinsic part of the show. We wrote it during soundchecks on our last European tour and recorded & mixed it the day after returning from Europe. We're very happy with how it turned out and excited for people to hear it."
Later this month, Interpol are supporting the Pixies at Jones Beach (June 14) and are then off to the UK for stadium-style gigs supporting U2 and Coldplay (please check the tour dates section).
04/28/05 — Radio festivals; Leno again; new UK single
On the heels of their biggest UK and European headlining tour thus far, Interpol are back in the US playing the following radio festivals next month.
May 14: HFStival, Baltimore. M&T Stadium.
May 15: Y100rocks.com, Philadelphia (ex-Y100). Y100Rocks FEZtival Pier
June 3: Q101 Block Party, Chicago. New City YMCA.
June 4: Endfest14, Seattle. White River Amphitheatre.
June 5: KNRK Festival, Portland OR. Crystal Ballroom.
June 10: 99X Music Midtown, Atlanta. Main Stage.
with more to be announced.
The band will be making their 2nd appearance on NBC's 'Tonight Show With Jay Leno' since the release of 'Antics', performing "Evil" on the May 20 broadcast.
"C'mere," the 3rd UK single from 'Antics', entered the British charts at No. 19 last week. 'Antics' has since been certified Gold in the UK (100,000 sold) and is both Interpol's and Matador's first Gold record in that territory.
Interpol wil be making a one-off appearance on May 8 in Sunderland as part a live broadcast for the BBC's Radio One, then they'll return to the UK in June for stadium dates supporting U2 and Coldplay (check the tour dates section).
03/24/05 — Cover of Spin magazine; Coldplay, U2 dates
How do you get on the cover of Spin Magazine? Practice, practice, practice. In addition to their forthcoming April UK/EU dates with Spoon (see below), Interpol have announced the following June gigs in a variety of exotic settings.
June 10 - Atlanta - 99X Music Midtown with White Stripes
June 21 - Glasgow - Hampden Park with U2
June 22- Dublin - Marlay Pk with Coldplay
June 23- Dublin - Marlay Pk with Coldplay
June 25 - UK - Glastonbury Festival
June 26 - NED - Rock in Park
June 28 -London - Crystal Palace with Coldplay
Also, you can see this Saturday's show from the comfort of your laptop screen via NPR.org's webcast of the concert.
02/14/05 — Tower Records NYC in-store signing
At 7 PM on Thursday, March 3, Interpol will be available at Tower Records to meet with fans and sign records. Tower 4th and Broadway in Greenwich Village, NYC. A limited-edition poster will be given away at the event while supplies last.
01/26/05 — Japan dates, Feb-Mar US dates, UK Silver Disc
the activity surrounding Interpol's recent comings and goings has been so tumultuous, we're tempted to make an analogy to a catastrophic natural disaster of biblical proportions. Tempted, but not willing to go all the way, of course.
In December, 'Antics' was certified as a Silver Disc in the UK (60,000 sales). In a customary showing of overconfidence, we've opted for the cheapest, ugliest plaque in the shop, knowing that we'll just have to do the whole thing over again when the album goes Gold. "Evil" recently became Interpol's first Top 20 single in the UK, and the band are on the brink of selling out two night's at the Brixton Academy in April.
Currently playing in Japan for the first time in ages, Interpol performed "Evil" on "The Late Show With David Letterman" last week to considerable acclaim (for one thing, Michael Powell resigned a few days later) and will grace the Tiffany Network's "Who The Heck Is Craig Ferguson?" (also known as "As Long As He's Not Craig Kilborn, Who Cares?") program on February 16.
Blonde Redhead have long since been confirmed as Interpol's support act for the February US tour; a second batch of East Coast dates starting in March will feature Q And Not U.
In the rarified air of "breaking news", Interpol have added a 2nd night at New York's Radio City Music Hall (March 2) to their sold-out March 1 date.
01/14/05 — Upcoming TV appearances
Interpol will be performing twice on national television in the next month: first on the Late Show With David Letterman, this coming Tuesday evening the 18th, on CBS at 11:35 AM. Then they'll be on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (formerly Craig Kilborn), on Wednesday, February 16th, also on CBS, at 12:35 AM.
01/10/05 — "Evil" video
The "Evil" video, directed by photographer Charlie White, has been posted on the music and video page.
12/15/04 — "Evil" single; new dates
After a quick jaunt back to the US for some West Coast radio festivals, Interpol are currently in the UK completing headlining dates with Secret Machines in support. 'Antics' was just certified Silver in the UK, making it the first Matador title to be awarded any kind of metal status (other than tin) since the label rigged Liz Phair's first two albums to go gold in 1996. But in all seriousness, congratulations to Interpol and our sincere thanks to those of you in the UK who have worked on the project, both our goodlooking West London staff and our brainy friends on Alma Road. And of course, thanks to those of you who have actually bought the album.
In the UK, Matador will be releasing a CD / 7" of "Evil" , the second single from 'Antics', on January 3, along with the requisite bonus tracks that hardworking news sites are posting the details of at this very moment. Said single will available via Matador Direct on February 8. The deeply disturbing/entertaining "Evil" video, directed by Charlie White, has already premiered on M2 in the UK, and you'll be staring at it online and on TV in the US before long.
Please check our tour dates section as a number of February US dates are currently on sale, with more being added in the days ahead. Interpol have dates at Tokyo and Osakas's Clubs Quattro scheduled for January 25 and 26, with tickets going on sale this Saturday.
Jan 25 - Tokyo, JP - Club Quattro
Jan 26 - Osaka, JP - Club Quattro
Feb 7 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
Feb 8 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
Feb 9 - Denver CO - Fillmore
11/16/04 — Later with Jools Holland; new Spaces
After a gruelling, sold-out US tour, Interpol are headed to the UK this week for headlining dates, along with an appearance on BBC2's 'Later With Jools Holland' this Friday night, November 19 at 11:30. After some West Coast radio festivals in December, we'll be plotting the campaign for the album's next single. "Evil," with accompanying video, early 2005 touring, etc.
photo by Dean Clyne
Following the band's recent appearance on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' live versions of "Slow Hands", "Evil" and "Narc" are exclusively available for download from Sony Connect.
While the Interpol spaces in LA, NY and London have officially closed, Interpol's French imprint, Labels informs us that the Parisian gallery space, located at Agnes B, will remain open through November 30. The Berlin gallery space, location to be announced, will open on December 7 and close on December 21.
118 Rue Du Mont
tel. 33 56 55 74 16
Talmage Cooley, director of the popular 'Pol Pot's Birthday,' returns with his Interpol Short Film Contest winner Dimmer, a short documentary about a gang of blind kids in Buffalo, New York. The screening takes place Tuesday, November 16, 8pm at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA.
All the short films, including 'Dimmer,' are currently being put up on the Antics OpenDisc site week by week. To access OpenDisc, put your copy of 'Antics' into your computer and doubleclick the OpenDisc icon. If you're using Mac OS X 10.3.5 and are having problems accessing the site, download this patch.
Does it strike anyone else as a bit clumsy for a free paper whose political content falls somewhere to the right of Dick Armey to be making unfunny jokes about the Bush twins being Interpol fans?
10/14/04 — "Slow Hands" video posted
Watch the video for "Slow Hands," directed by Daniel Levi, on the music and video page.
10/04/04 — Interpol - the amazing story
if you're not aware that the most stirring album of the autumn --- Interpol's 'Antics' --- came out last week, well, than we've not done our job. I don't wanna accuse you of living under a rock --- some rocks provide very nice shade, for instance --- but the band looked and sounded amazing (not necessarily in that order) performing "Slow Hands" on "The Tonight Show" last Friday, a day after a wild opening party for the Los Angeles Interpol space (coming on the heels of similar installations in New York and London). Catch them on Conan this Friday. After some manic scenes at sold out gigs in London last month, Interpol kick off their