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Interview:
Interpol Does New Album In New York State Of Mind
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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In its 10 years together, Interpol has become, alongside the Strokes, something of a standard bearer for New York’s new indie rock scene. So it’s a surprise that the quartet’s newly released third album, “Our Love to Admire,” marks the first time the band has actually recorded in its hometown.

“We’ve written every single song in New York City, so that (aspect) was no different,” says guitarist Daniel Kessler, 32, a Washington, D.C., native and New York University graduate who co-founded Interpol in 1998 with singer-guitarist Paul Banks, bassist/keyboardist Carlos Dengler and drummer Sam Fogarino.

“But we did get to wake up in our own beds in a familiar city, in a familiar setting. Leaving the studio at night and being able to see your friends or go home and not have to deal with being a stranger in a strange town, I think that went a long way. It was an immediate mode of distraction.”

That wasn’t the only change Interpol made for “Our Love to Admire,” however. The album — which debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart earlier this month — marks the group’s move from the independent Matador label to significantly larger Capitol Records. Kessler cites “infrastructure reasons” for the switch but says Interpol has not been interfered with or forced to compromise.

“If those sort of contemplations ever entered our head,” he notes, “we never would’ve signed. We wrote the same songs and made exactly the same record we would have made if we were putting it out ourselves or on Matador or whatever.

“We were pretty confident nothing would change within the way we do the Interpol world and our foundation. And in all honesty, it hasn’t.”



Interpol and Calla perform 8:30 p.m. Saturday (July 28th) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $25-$35. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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