Headlining acts should really go on before 11:30PM. Really. Nothing puts you in the mood for a show more than sitting in a hot club for an hour-plus, having funny looking sweaty people mill about and bump into you. However, the wait was for NYC buzz band Interpol and, therefore, justified. The fashionable four-piece, who magically grew a new head on stage in the form of a keyboard player, brought their icy cool to the stage of San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill last night. The band played a 70-minute set, highlighting their recent Matador debut, Turn On The Bright Lights.
Between Daniel Kessler's sparse guitar lines and Paul Banks' distinctive croon, the album's highlights were raised to new heights, especially as they were using some borrowed equipment, since some of their gear was stolen by jacked-up Canadians a few nights prior. New single "NYC" shone as brightly as the beacons at the site of the World Trade Center, while "Leif Erikson," "Hands Away," and "Stella Was A Diver..." all outgrew their recorded stature. Everything came together on "PDA," however, the '80s guitar parts, driving bass and Banks' vocal warblings exploding off the stage, receiving rapturous applause at the emotive cessation of the track. In a time when past musical feats are being rehashed, this post-punk outfit is doing it in ways unheard in any of the other current crop of bands, and sounds that much more fresh for it.
Source: Jeremy P. Goldstein (photo by Michael Edwards)