Interpol & Secret Machines Rock the Riv
By Randy J. Klodz
Two indie-style rock bands crashed through Chicago amongst the buzz that
is New York City-based Interpol and emerging talent Secret Machines as both
took the stage to a sold-out Riviera Theater on Oct. 17.
Not only do both Interpol and Secret Machines currently live in New York,
the bands share the same live show credo in that both bands played in the
shadows, and neither band said much more than “Thank you” between songs. But
the lack of chit-chat was a benefit as both bands played one song after another,
forming two tight sets.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, dream-rocking trio Secret Machines—which
includes Ben Curtis (vocals/guitar), Brandon Curtis (bass/keyboards/vocals)
and Josh Garza (drums)—warmed the stage for the early-arriving Interpol
Secret Machines wasted no time getting the crowd pumped with “First Wave
Intact” the 9-minute first track off the band’s 2004 debut “Now Here is Nowhere,”
a song the band ended with a powerful Josh Garza drum solo.
The head-nodding light-rock of “The Road Leads Where It’s Lead” fared
well with the crowd, as Ben Curtis ended the song as he played his guitar
by holding the neck of his guitar upright to his side with his left hand and
strumming it with his right. Secret Machines ended its 45-minute set with
band’s hit single “Nowhere Again,” a perfect end to a set filled with up-tempo
rock. The Interpol faithful gave the supporting band a rousing applause, a
rare feat for many bands not headlining. For more information on Secret Machines
log on to www.thesecretmachines.com.
Interpol—which features Paul Banks (vocals, guitar), Daniel Kessler
(guitar), Carlos Dengler (bass) and Samuel Fogarino (drums)—made this
its first Chicago stop on the first tour behind the recently-released “Antics,”
which hit stores on Sept. 28.
Though Interpol weighed heavily on new “Antics” tracks such “Not Even
Jail,” “No Exit,” “Public Pervert” and “Evil,” Interpol played a handful of
hit selections from “Turn on the Bright Lights,” the 2002 debut album the
band made famous by the band’s grindstone tour schedule.
Those favorites included “PDA,” “Obstacle 1” and “Leif Erikson” with
“NYC” and its “It’s up to me now / Turn on the bright lights” lyric cueing
the stage lighting to brighten the stage for the first time, for a short time.
“PDA” featured a dramatic pause that sent the dedicated crowd into a frenzy.
Most of the band remained stoic on stage, aside from bassist Carlos Dengler
(or Carlos D. as many call him), who bounced from place to place throughout
each song of the set. Dengler also stood out in that he wore a long-sleeve
black shirt, black pants, black goth-style boots and a red tie. Upon the end
of the 60-minute set, Banks left the stage first as he waved politely to the
crowd, following a rousing version of “Roland” that featured splashes of strobe
The current Interpol/Secret Machines tour is schedule to run through
Nov. 11 when the tour hits New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Hail Social warmed
the stage for both bands, but failed to grab the attention of those in attendance.
For more information on Interpol log on to www.interpolny.com.