Interpol was, by all rights, supposed to have been through Michigan already this summer, opening for U2 at the June 30 East Lansing date that was postponed after frontman Bono injured his back. The New York modern rock troupe was disappointed — but only, says drummer Sam Fogarino, “to a degree.”
“You kind of get fired up on all cylinders to embark on something at that level,” Fogarino, 41, notes, “but it all gets kind of made up for in the long run. We’re still doing Europe with (U2), and we’ve still been busy all summer. Everything happens for some kind of strange reason.”
The U2 postponement did give Interpol some additional time to set up its forthcoming fourth album, including its own run of North American shows to stoke anticipation for the a self-titled set, which is due out Sept. 7. Fogarino says “Interpol” is the group’s most collaborative outing yet, though it also marked its last with bassist-keyboardist Carlos Dengler, who left on “very amicable” terms after the recording was completed.
“He just got tired of being in a band, essentially,” Fogarino explains. “It’s not what he wanted to do anymore. He has other aspirations, artistically, that he couldn’t really embark on.
“But he was very committed to finish writing and recording (‘Interpol’), then he made his exit. He’s definitely wished well by all of us.”
Interpol has preceded the release of “Interpol” with a video for the track “Lights,” while “Barricade,” the first official single, is due out this month. The full album has already leaked on the Internet, but Fogarino concedes that “it’s to be expected. You try as best you can to prevent it from happening, but it seems so inevitable. You can’t let something bother you that you have no control over; you’ve just got to hope it doesn’t really get in the way of your intended presentation of the record.”
Interpol and Twin Tigers perform Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 248-333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.
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