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Stylish and shy, Interpol left a lasting mark


Leave the Joy Division comparisons at the door.

New York's reigning new wave gloom-rockers Interpol deserve their own identity, no matter how much singer Paul Banks may or may not sound like Ian Curtis.

At this point Interpol's career has lasted longer than that of Joy Division's, from whom they are constantly accused of stealing. Touring in support of their latest dark masterpiece, "Our Love To Admire," Interpol has brought their atmospheric post-punk to The Rave for the amusement of indie rockers, goths and scenesters alike. With three albums of solid songs to choose from, their shows are never a disappointment to fans no matter what the set list.

Taking the stage in their trademark black outfits, they appear as the most stylish group of funeral home employees imaginable. The guitars kicked in with no delay, as Interpol started off with their new album's epic opener "Pioneer To The Falls." Albeit a slow start, yet a great prelude for the night.

The crowd roared from the moment the band took the stage and intensity only built as the show went on. The band was tight throughout, showing more ease on-stage than previous performances. After the slow opening Interpol jumped right into previous single "Slow Hands," bringing screams from devoted fans as momentum and energy kept growing. From there on out, the crowd was theirs.

They followed with a non-stop set that relied mainly on songs from their first two albums, with five new album tracks mixed in. But the crowd had obviously done its homework, singing and moving along with all of the new songs (despite the fact that "Our Love To Admire" has only been out for two weeks).

Banks is still a sort of deer-in-headlights on-stage, hiding from the limelight where most frontmen would bask in it. He's not the outspoken type, rarely speaking to the crowd besides the random "thank you" between a few songs. In fact, the closest he came to joking with the crowd was the randomly placed decal on his guitar stating, simply, "breasts." There must be an inside joke there somewhere. Banks is essentially the "anti-frontman," with even his non-vocalist band-members upstaging him most of the show.

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college_dave | Aug. 22, 2007 at 10:22 p.m. (report)

sandstorm-way b-4 that.

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Racilla.Killah | Aug. 1, 2007 at 10:59 p.m. (report)

fact: their new album is NOT better than their second album Another fact: neither album is close to their first album

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sandstorm | July 31, 2007 at 5:41 p.m. (report)

poor collegedave. he's just getting around to reviewing a Rush show from 1986.

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college_dave | July 31, 2007 at 4:40 p.m. (report)

It was an awesome concert experience. Raw. Refreshingly good sound. Nice light show. Amazingly professional. I never realized how great their timing is stemming from such an intrinsic drummer. Invisible airwaves crackled with light.

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T15 | July 31, 2007 at 3:39 p.m. (report)

The new album is better than the 2nd album. All their albums are great. This show was better than the last time they came to the rave.

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