Interpol – Our Love To Admire

Confession time? Perhaps. Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve never heard a Joy Division song. I wouldn’t know “Love Will Tear Us Apart” if you blasted it at a thousand decibels (I was five when it was released). Therefore, I neither know nor care if Interpol is some kind of JD ripoff — I mean, call it a revival, don’t act like Joy Division didn’t flame out 27 years ago, do they have a hundred year monopoly on a certain set of guitar chords? Well anyway, enough said before I show too much ignorance.*

Interpol! I like you guys! I like that you wear suits in all your pictures. Honestly, I can’t believe you’re from the US; you seem too classy, too Euro. In fact, I can tell from browsing Wiki that you’re more popular in Britain than here — that is, more songs come up on the UK charts — but you don’t seem to be so well known in US or UK mainstream. Which is too bad because you’ve got a sound that is completely radio friendly. Maybe you’re just a casualty of the fact that no one listens to the radio anymore. And no one watches music videos. You guys look great in music videos (well, except for the unfortunate glasses in “C’mere.” Dunno what you were thinking there).

I like that driving bass that underlines most of the songs. You always sound like you’re singing through a tunnel, so I haven’t deciphered most of the lyrics, but I like what I think I’m hearing. I’ve got “Mammoth,” from your new album “Our Love To Admire,” on repeat. Please continue making your staccato punk and damn the torpedoes. It’s impressive stuff.

Interpol — Site | Myspace | Label (Capitol)

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Interpol – Mammoth

Interpol – Rest My Chemistry

*Also, it is quite likely that everyone has heard about Interpol already and I’m beating a dead horse. The Hype Machine certainly seems to prove this theory. Oh well.



  1. Jeff’s avatar

    You should listen to Joy Division. Age is no excuse. Ian Curtis died before I was born and I think they’re fab.

  2. zara’s avatar

    I’ve got a long list of bands I should listen to; I’ll add JD to it.

  3. La Nouvelle Heloise’s avatar

    Just caught them live for the first time yesterday (Astoria, London). New album is sounding really impressive! Rest my Chemistry is going straight to my “Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches” playlist.
    By the way, I loved the fact you have a tag named “Indie Darlings”

  4. juliette’s avatar

    You’ve never heard Love Will Tear Us Apart? Egads. I thought you would have during your vaguely gothesque days. It’s a goth standard! :)

  5. zara’s avatar

    J — What can I say? Black nail polish does not a goth make, apparently :D

    Heloise — That category is my little attempt to subvert the Indie Seriousness :) I’m glad you liked it. What did you think of the live show? I was thinking of catching them next week.

  6. La Nouvelle Heloise’s avatar

    Hi again – Here’s what I thought: while I was reading your post re. Bodies of Water (which I must check out btw) I was nodding along remembering how Interpol invaded my soul and grabbed all my vitals on Monday. I go to lots of indie gigs and can honestly say they are now one of my top 5 live acts – the Strokes also being up there.
    Or, the short version: Grab a tkt!
    (If you are curious there is a link to a great live rendition of Pioneer to the Falls in my blog)

  7. fronk’s avatar

    I really like the new album, and yer, go get yourself some joy division albums good sir.

  8. zara’s avatar

    Heloise — I think I will. I have heard many times that the live act is worth watching.

    Fronk — that’s ‘good ma’am’ to you. :D

  9. alex’s avatar

    wow what can i say,awesome i like this new interpol is meavy new cause the record company but anyways is more mature more underground i cant wait for the album to come out in their old company must of the songs were little too slow boring but this is like old rock mix with indie rock new music anyways i think this album is way better

  10. Donna’s avatar

    can i have a copy of the tracks?

    id love to listen to them.

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