Interpol Aims “Bright Lights” at Chicago
By Randy J. Klodz
New York City’s Interpol, a band initially known solely by art school
students across the world, have jumped into the mainstream and will be making
a Chicago appearance while headlining the only local date on the tour at the
Riviera Theatre on Sept. 19.
The quartet, which features Paul Banks on vocals, Daniel Kessler on guitar,
Carlos Dengler on bass and Samuel Fogarino on drums, released the full-length
Matador Records debut “Turn on the Bright Lights” in August of 2002.
And although the album has been out for over a year, many people outside the
college music circuit haven’t taken notice of the band’s arty rock
sound until the music video for “PDA” became a hit on MTV. The video
became such a hit with viewers that it was actually nominated for the MTV 2
Award on the “MTV Video Music Awards” program that premiered on
“PDA,” one of the band’s radio favorites, starts off with
a catchy drum beat and slowly rises to a rock anthem with the repeated line:
“Sleep tight, grim rite, we have two hundred couches where you can sleep
tonight.” The band can go from rocking to mellow at the drop of a pin
and with “NYC,” the band drops a box of pins and quietly builds
a sharp, yet serene song with light chords and soothing lyrics: “I had
seven faces / Thought I knew which one to wear / But I'm sick of spending these
lonely nights / Training myself not to care.” Other fan favorites include
“Obstacle 1” and “Stella Was A Driver and She’s Always
Down” among others.
Riviera Theatre is at 4746 N. Racine. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed
for $20 each with a show start time listed for 7 p.m. The Stills and The Broke
Revue are scheduled to perform as support for Interpol. For more information
on Interpol view www.interpolny.com.
||Photo: Samuel Kirsenbaum