The church organ of "Next Exit" set the night off. Interpol ain't going to the town, they were going to the city, New York City. Home. A packed Hammerstein Ballroom was their space, and a massive space it was. Using most of the stage, setting Sam the drummer to the back right, Dapper Dan guitar to far stage right, Das Bassmeister™ Carlos D to stage left, and "Johnny Depp from Benny and Joon" chapeau-wearing Paul Banks, front and center, the sense of it being an "event" was designed quite well. Robert Smith would be proud. Back lit with a impressive light show, the faces were not to be enjoyed, rather the music pulled from two exceptional albums, Turn On The Bright Lights and Antics. Barely speaking, aside from a few standard "thank you"s, Interpol brought "Evil", "Narc", "C'mere", hit single "Slow Hands", the stunning "Not Even Jail", and "Length Of Love" to life off the new record. The fifth man on stage playing keyboards and lending some vocals to the far stage left was a key ingredient and helped set a boundary for the stomping, Frankenstein dance of Carlos D. BTW, nice holster.
Older songs like the angular confection "PDA", the epic "NYC", "Obstacle 1", "Stella...", "Roland" and Smiths-should-be-getting-royalties "Say Hello To Angels" filled out the stellar setlist. A few years in and only two records, it felt like a greatest hits tour with so many of the songs in the collective "know". Walking back on stage before the first of two encores [note to band: leave them wanting more], drummer Sam Fogarino broke from the norm and took the mic, thanking the crowd, pointing to some front row fans. A true connection with crowd. You could tell he was in a moment. Not that we need Interpol to feel all warm and fuzzy. What they do is top notch. It was nice to see the band getting something back after giving so much.