So I don’t know when exactly I fell in love with Interpol but I would say I have a pretty serious relationship with them now. I bought their album “Turn On The Bright Lights” after I had first seen their video for “PDA” on MTV2 10 or so years ago. I remember that time specifically in my life because it was definitely a musical awakening for me. I spent the whole summer of that year just absorbing as much new music as I could find on the internet and on tv. I didn’t have many friends, just technology and music. Interpol was interesting to me because I didn’t know how to feel about them. For young me, they were incredibly different from anything I had ever listened to before and I had mixed emotions about it. That paired with their visually striking music video counterparts and I was all in a mess. But a beautiful mess. And I knew I had become attached.
As I am getting older I realize that my love for Interpol just keeps growing. Call it maturity or what have you but I am in awe at how much this band truly means to me now. My youthful ears once found Paul Banks’ voice somewhat off-putting and now I can listen to it for hours. Carlos D is an out-of-this-world bassist and his bass lines take on lives of their own. Sam is an amazing drummer and without that they would not have their outstanding rhythms. And with Paul and Daniel’s guitars each playing their own story yet intertwining together completes the picture. Each instrument in a song is separate, sometimes chaotic, always rhythmic and vibrant, but yet they all come together and it makes for a new experience every time you listen. They have a sound that fills a room, is all encompassing, sucks you in with all its bravado and decrescendos. Songs like “NYC”, you have a sense there is a lot going on yet it all comes together to create something hauntingly, stunningly gorgeous. That’s what they are best at. Every song is an absolute masterpiece.
I go through phases in music and yes, now I am in my Interpol phase. It is perhaps my favorite phase to be in. I love this band. Anyone who knows me knows my number one is Brand New. But Interpol so often rivals them, always pulling me in. I can get lost in their albums for days, weeks, months and never does it feel repetitive or restraining. They mean so much to me. It still kills me that Carlos D is no longer in the band. I don’t know what future Interpol will sound like but I will feel slightly like an adulterer listening to them without him. But I’ve been a fan for a decade and I’m not going anywhere. I could never give up on something so beloved to me.