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.
Stephen HarleyListen to the award-winning A Celtic State of Mind podcast