Interpol looks cool and sounds great 12 years after its college radio breakthrough "Turn On The Bright Lights," and a decade after quietly superior Louisville Slugger LP, "Antics." Too bad the Internet mystique struggles to manifest into troops on the ground.
Turning out the Honda Stage Saturday afternoon, most of the lawn near the sound booth enjoyed gaping holes. No biggie, there were enough of us in college during the early aughts in attendance that we made it work energy-wise. Lots of hand claps, basically.
"Thank you, that was ‘Evil,'" singer Paul Banks said as a pivotal housekeeping note after playing his band’s best song.
Guitarist Daniel Kessler is the other remaining founding member (bassist / trendsetter Carlos D. bolted in 2010), and he was expertly providing the seismic needle, Joy Division-bred jolts his style is built around. Interpol may not be insufferably cool these days (their latest, "El Pintor," was met mildly upon its release last month), but as modern rockers are focused, rousing, business class pros.
Banks is, unfortunately, kind of a dry spokesman, "Thanks for hanging out everybody this is our first time doing this," he said late in the 50-minute set. "We’re loving the weather."
After set-closing sorta hit "Slow Hands," Banks was dad efficient and gracious: "That’s what we got, thank you."
Someone get this rock star a pair of Academy-priced Nikes.