Known for their cinematic indie-rock sound, Interpol is coming to the ‘Burgh during their nationwide tour this spring. The NYC-based rock group got their start at NYU in 1997, when guitarist Daniel Kessler recruited bassist Carlos Dengler and singer/guitarist Paul Banks to form a band. And by 2002, the band had recruited drummer Sam Fogarino, signed to the Matador label, and released their critically acclaimed album, “Turn On The Bright Lights.”
Their newest album, “El Pintor,” is the first album that doesn’t feature Dengler on bass since he left in 2010, but guitarist Dave Pajo has served as his replacement. Now, the band is a trio, and while their sound is different without the depth of Denger, it’s the sound of a band revitalized. Every song in “El Pintor” is full of energy, kicking off with the reminiscent track, “All The Rage Back Home.” According to the band, it was born on the final day of their last concert tour, while Kessler overlooked the Buenos Aires skyline from the balcony.
Interpol is more than just a rock band; currently, the group has several side projects in the works, including film, photography, and merchandise. Their most recent project is a collaboration between guitar player Daniel Kessler and sound designer Joseph Fraioli called Big Noble. Big Noble recently released a debut, digital-only album, “First Light,” that illustrates the synergistic potential of pop music, sound design, improvisational guitar, field recordings, and manipulations using modular synthesizers and boutique effects units. Big Noble created a series of music videos by a variety of music directors, showing off Interpol’s musical and cinematic collaborations.
Interpol is coming to to Stage AE (400 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212) on May 16, and tickets ($28 advance/$30 day-of-show) are on sale now. Additionally, we’re giving away two free tickets to one lucky fan. Enter to win them in our giveaway below: