If Interpol wasn’t playing big halls, such as the Tower Theater, where it will perform tonight, it would feel like it’s 2000 again when the band was emerging as part of a fertile New York scene.
The band is getting back to basics with its latest album, the aptly titled eponymous release, which lacks the sheen of Interpol’s last album, the disappointing, ‘Our Love to Admire .’
The songs are raw and effectively terse just like its early tunes. The solid rhythm section of bassist Carlos Dengler and drummer Sam Fogarino, is at the front of the aural assault.
However, the former left the band after completing the album. Dengler, who was apparently unhappy over recent years in Interpol, has lightened the load for Interpol by saying goodbye.
“I’m happy that he left,” Fogarino said while calling from Washington D.C. “It was a drag being around someone who is so sad. Why beg someone to be with you that doesn’t want to be with you? With Carlos D. gone, it’s like a cloud hanging over the band is gone.”
Fogarino stresses that the band, which includes vocalist-guitarist Paul Banks, guitarist Daniel Kessler and touring bassist David Pajo, is getting along like it did during the early years.
“It definitely feels like that,” Fogarino said. “We’re all getting on great. We had so much fun when we started the band. It’s nice to feel good about recording, performing and just being around each other. The funny thing is that I played with Carlos for ten years and there was not that much conversation between the two of us. It’s funny. But I will say that we made some great music.”
Interpol emerged from the New York scene courtesy of its dark, atmospheric sound, which drew comparisons to Joy Division. The somber debut, 2002’s ‘Turn On The Bright Lights,’ helped turn the band into an indie sensation.
The group’s fan base burgeoned with 2004’s ‘Antics,’ which arguably is the act’s most accessible album.
An ill-advised move to a major label spawned the excessive ‘Our Love to Admire.’ “That just didn’t work out,” Fogarino said. “We went to the label that has Radiohead and all these great legacy acts. When we started making that album (‘Admire’), a lot of the people that brought us to that label (Capitol) were gone. It was a sad time for the band. We weren’t comfortable with that situation and we were beaten up by the road. It just wasn’t working out for us.”
Interpol is back with its original record company, Matador, and is making music, which resounds of its hey day.
“We’re in a comfortable place right now and our work is benefitting from it,” Fogarino said. “We’re really enjoying each other’s company,” Fogarino said. “I can’t remember how long it’s been since that’s been the case. We’re happy with Matador. We’re just in a good place right now. I can’t complain about anything. I’m just glad we’re still together making the music that we want to make and we’re all good now.”