Sunday, 26 May 2019
Interpol are one of those bands that completely floats under the radar. Since 2002 and the release of Turn on the Bright Lights, I have been an avid fan – PDA totally hooked me in. Since then, the band have been steadily producing albums with a ridiculous level of consistency.
This month, they released A Fine Mess, an EP consisting of 5 tracks, and to say that it is outstanding is an understatement. It feels like a re-energised release. With that, I was filled with excitement for their return to Scotland.
Typically, it is the end of May and Glasgow is a gloomy shade of grey with a brutal wind swirling. Entering SWG3 was a relief to escape from the elements and, after a short period in its dark industrial surrounds, Interpol emerge on to the stage to a huge welcome.
They have always been one of the coolest bands around, however, tonight there is a steely stage presence of a band who know what is coming and they can’t wait to unleash it.
The eerie and fantastic Pioneer to The Falls sets the tone for the evening. A knowledgeable crowd hanging on every word and every drum beat. Interpol are in their stride and a relentless wave of suave rock and roll flows thereafter.
A fantastic blend of new and old (sadly no PDA) makes for a near-perfect setlist. The relentless Say Hello To The Angels, All The Rage Back Home and The Rover are wonderfully interspersed with the delicate Leif Erikson, Take You On A Cruise and NYC. Interpol have Glasgow in the palm of their hands.
Peering through his sunglasses, Paul Banks appears to be thoroughly enjoying himself, SWG3 providing a wonderful setting for his distinctive vocals.
This is Interpol at the top of their game. The set ends in a flash and they receive, quite rightly, a raucous roar of appreciation from the crowd.
This was, without doubt, the best time I have seen Interpol and they show no signs of letting up. If you get the chance to see them, jump at it, you will not regret it.