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Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Indie rock, post-punk revival
Years active 1997–present[1]
Labels Capitol Records
Parlophone Records
Matador Records
Paul Banks
Carlos Dengler
Sam Fogarino
Daniel Kessler
Former members
Greg Drudy

Interpol is an American indie rock band formed in 1997[1] in New York City. The band's line-up is Paul Banks (vocals, guitar), Daniel Kessler (guitar, vocals), Carlos Dengler (bass guitar, keyboards) and Sam Fogarino (drums, percussion). In a live setting Interpol employs the use of touring members as keyboardists.

Interpol is one of the bands associated with the New York indie music scene, having first performed at Luna Lounge and being one of several groups that emerged out of the post-punk revival of the 2000s. The band's sound is generally a mix of bass throb and rhythmic, harmonized guitar, with a snare heavy mix, drawing comparisons to post-punk bands such as Joy Division, The Strokes and The Chameleons.[2] Aside from the lyrics, their songwriting method includes all of the band members, rather than relying on any given chief songwriter.[3]

Interpol's debut album Turn on the Bright Lights (2002) was critically acclaimed, making it to tenth position on the NME's list of top albums in 2002[4] as well as #1 on Pitchfork Media's Top 50 Albums of 2002.[5] Subsequent records Antics (2004) and Our Love to Admire (2007) have confirmed the band's initial success and turned them into a commercial and critical success.




Interpol was formed by Daniel Kessler and initial drummer Greg Drudy. Kessler had “been looking to put a band together for a while” when he met Drudy. Kessler "had a very hard time finding musicians to play with—musicians at all, really."[6] Kessler met Carlos Dengler in a philosophy class at New York University and asked him if he played an instrument. Later, Kessler ran into Paul Banks (whom he had first met in France) in New York's East Village, and the pair discussed collaborating together. Banks admitted that he and Dengler "butted heads" early on in the band's history, but told Spin that now the two are "really tight, in a spiritual way".[7] The band had trouble choosing a name at first. "I got to the point where I was like, 'Guys, we're getting decent crowds, but like... we don’t have a name so no one knows who to go see again,'" Kessler said.[6] Furthermore, the band considered Las Armas[6] and The French Letters as names before adopting Interpol.

In 2000, after releasing the Fukd I.D. #3 EP, Greg Drudy left the band. Kessler recruited Sam Fogarino, who worked at a local vintage clothing store and at the time considered retiring from music, to replace Drudy.[7]

Signing to Matador Records

Paul Banks, lead singer of Interpol, playing at Roskilde Festival, Denmark 2005 at Arena Stage

After self-releasing several EPs between 1998 and 2001, the band signed to indie label Matador Records in early 2002. The first release, a self-titled EP containing re-recorded versions of "PDA" and "NYC" was released in June 2002. Turn On the Bright Lights was released on 2002. Recorded at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the album's sound drew comparisons to post-punk groups of the early 1980s, particularly Joy Division. The record was a slow-building success, selling 300,000 copies by 2004.[7] The band regrouped in late 2003 to begin sessions for the follow-up album, again decamping to Tarquin Studios to record. Interpol released its second album Antics in 2004. The album sold 350,000 copies in its first four months of release.[7] The record also saw Interpol earn their first UK Top 40 hits with "Slow Hands", "Evil" and "C'mere" charting at 36, 18 and 19 respectively. The album eventually reached gold status in the UK, and later in the US. [8]

Interpol toured again after the release of the album, playing more dates than ever before and at bigger venues. The Antics tour stretched on for almost 18 months, including a number of shows playing as undercards for U2 and The Cure, and the band reported feelings of exhaustion to Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe at a concert in Sunderland. The band took only three months off after touring finished. Whilst on the road, the band had also released the one-off track "Direction", written for the official soundtrack to HBO's Six Feet Under, Six Feet Under, Vol. 2: Everything Ends.

Move to Capitol Records

In late March 2006, drummer Sam Fogarino confirmed that the band were back in the studio working on new material. In an interview with Pitchfork Media, Fogarino stated "[the process is] moving right along where I think it should...we're all pretty much on fire about it".[9] Fogarino also dispelled rumors that the band had signed to major label Interscope, but also confirmed that they would be leaving Matador in search of a new label. An update to their website in June confirmed that the band had been working on the follow-up since the turn of the year, but did not confirm a name for the album or comment on the mounting speculation that they were imminently to sign to a major label. On August 14, it was widely reported that Interpol had signed for Capitol Records, a fact confirmed by Matador on September 1 in a press release on their website.

Our Love to Admire was released in July 2007. The album represents a departure for the band, being both the first record they have recorded in New York City (at The Magic Shop and Electric Lady Studios), and the first time they have included keyboards in the arrangements from the start of the songwriting process. The band intended to tour behind the album extensively, beginning with the summer festival circuit throughout the United States and Europe. In August, Interpol headlined one of the days of the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.

Fourth Album

On March 6, 2009, Interpol announced on their website that they are working on songs for a fourth album [10] The LP was recorded in Electric Lady Studios during spring of 2009.[11] In a recent interview, drummer Sam Fogarino, referred to the album as having gone back to the original sound of Turn On the Bright Lights.[12] It was later claimed by Paul Banks that it will not sound anything like their debut album and that there is some very "classical stuff going on" with it.[13] Although no more information has further been released, they were announced as openers for the third leg of U2's 360° Tour. [14]

Solo Projects

In early 2007, Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino joined with former Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin to form a side-project band called The Setting Suns. Since then, the duo have changed their name to Magnetic Morning and released a six-track EP on iTunes.

On August 4, 2009, singer/guitarist Paul Banks released his solo first record titled Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper under the assumed name Julian Plenti.[15] Although not a long departure from Interpol's sound, the album features a wider range of material.[16] The album was recorded at the Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn and at Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan. It was mixed by Peter Katis at Tarquin Studios in Connecticut. The album was released on Matador Records.


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  1. ^ a b Mathieson, Craig (2008-02-22). "Interpol's apart". The Age. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  2. ^ Everly, David. "Our Love to Admire". Q, July, 2007.
  3. ^ 2007 Impose Interview
  4. ^ "NME Albums Of The Year 2002". NME. 
  5. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2002". Pitchfork Media. 2003-01-01. 
  6. ^ a b c "Interview: Interpol". Pitchfork Media. 2003-02-01. Archived from the original on 2008-03-09. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  7. ^ a b c d Raftery, Brian. "Night Falls on Manhattan". Spin. April 2005
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  9. ^ Matthew Solarski (2006-03-30). "Interpol Drummer Talks Photos, Stipe, Interscope". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  10. ^ Interpol Official Site
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  15. ^ Interpol man to release solo album -
  16. ^ Matt LeMay (2009-07-31). "Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 

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Origin New York, New York, USA
Genres Alternative rock
Indie rock
Post-punk revival
Years active 1997–present
Labels Capitol Records
Parlophone Records
EMI Music Group(Japan)
Paul Banks
Daniel Kessler
Carlos Dengler
Sam Fogarino
Former members
Greg Drudy

Interpol is an alternative rock band from New York City, New York. They were formed in 1997. They have an album called Antics with the popular song "Evil" on it.

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