It’s an unnerving realisation for any alternative music fan that followed the New York garage rock revival scene, incorporating artists such as The Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in the early noughties, to discover that Interpol, a band who channelled the darker side of the city in the aftermath of 9/11, released their first material upon the world’s airwaves a full decade ago, becoming a debatably greater influence on future bands than any of the previously mentioned rough and ready, cool chic image that rendered those bands only temporary media darlings.
There are few albums which merit a reissue a mere ten years after conception, with so little time having passed in order to discern true iconic status, but Interpol’s debut album ‘Turn On The Bright Lights‘ is one such a record. Despite peaking amongst the lower end of the US Billboard and UK Album charts upon its original release in August 2002, the album garnered adoring critical reception, and a devout fanbase was formed thereafter. The anniversary edition, with a revised release date of December 3rd, contains a remastered version of the original album, which could be construed as a minor, necessary element of a modern day reissue, but from the first piercingly eerie harmonized chord progressions and vibrato laden lead notes on opener ‘Untitled’, it is clear the remaster is not merely a limited gloss over of the previous tracks, but adds an amplified intensity and clarity that significantly improves the overall enjoyment of the record.
Interpol will celebrate ten years of their modern rock classic of a debut album ‘Turn On The Bright Lights‘ with a new remastered edition due for release later this year.
Interpol‘s Paul Banks will show off his ‘Banks‘ solo album with a European tour early next year, which is to open up with a series of Irish and UK dates.
This year’s Reading/Leeds festivals are set for a special double-headlining treat as The Strokes and Pulp will alternate billings over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend.
Arcade Fire, Pulp and PJ Harvey lead the impressive list of acts confirmed for this year’s Electric Picnic festival, which will take place between September 2nd-4th in County Laois, Ireland.
Interpol have announced their bass player Dave Pajo has left the band, less than a year after Carlos Dengler also quit the group.
It seemed that the synthesized indie rock of the mid 00’s had been labeled another short-lived fad. So it is surprising that an electro-fuelled outfit like White Lies, who only entered the mainstream in 2009, have already shifted a million copies of their debut, ‘To Lose My Life…‘. Their second offering, ‘Ritual‘ (released on January 17th) will likely appeal to the majority who fell for their first, but don’t expect any nice surprises.
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