Interpol’s Live ‘Antics’ Perfect for
By Randy J. Klodz
New York-based indie-rock band Interpol sold out Chicago’s Riviera Theatre
when the band came through last year on Oct. 17 with Secret Machines as support.
This time around, the demand for Interpol, and the new hit single “Slow
Hands” from the album “Antics,” was so high, the band led
the charge through a sold-out show on March 11 at Chicago’s much larger
Interpol--which includes Paul Banks (vocals, guitar), Daniel Kessler (guitar),
Carlos Dengler (bass) and Samuel Fogarino (drums)--pulled together a tight 80-minute
set that featured hit songs from the band’s acclaimed 2002 debut album
“Turn on the Bright Lights” and 2004’s “Antics.”
Paul Banks was his usual quiet self in between songs, mostly addressing the
crowd with “Thank you” on occasion, more or less letting the band’s
indie-rock sound do the talking. Interpol often plays live in almost total darkness
and in times of absolute blinding light. This was the case at the Aragon Ballroom
as blinding white light showers saturated the stage following a rousing version
of “Public Pervert.”
To add a bit to the spraying of light, a glittering disco ball was positioned
stage left, just behind bassist Carlos Dengler’s stage position. Interpol
enjoys opening its set with its current album’s opener, and in this case,
the band did exactly that, in that it got the show started with “Next
Exit,” the first track off of “Antics.”
Interpol busted into other songs “Hands Away,” “Narc,”
“Not Even Jail,” “Take You on a Cruise,” all the while
not forgetting hits “Obstacle 1,” “NYC,“ “PDA,”
“Slow Hands,” and emerging hit “Evil,” which sent the
dedicated Interpol faithful into a bouncing frenzy.
Toward the set’s end, Interpol played the mellow “Specialist,”
a rare track found only on one of the band’s previous EP releases, which
became the band’s first song to be played during the show’s encore.
Prior to beginning “Specialist,” as each of the band’s members
were returning to his position, drummer Sam Fogarino took the mic while pointing
to the mass of fans in the first few rows in front of the stage and said, “You
kids are crazy,” taking full appreciation for Interpol’s dedicated
fan base. And that fan base is only going to continue to grow worldwide.
Washington-based trio Q and Not U warmed the stage with its keyboard and sample
driven dance-rock. Interpol’s current U.S. tour runs through March 28
where the band is scheduled to perform at Electric Factory in Philadelphia.
Interpol has also been invited to support Coldplay on a trek to Dublin in London
this June. For more information on Interpol log on to www.interpolny.com.
||Photo: Samuel Kirsenbaum