Song: Obstacle 1
Performed By: Interpol
Album: Turn The Bright Lights On
That’s right…I’m going alternative. Interpol, including Paul Banks (vocals/guitar), Daniel Kessler (back-up vocalist/ guitarist), Carlos Dengler (Bassist), Sam Fogarino (Drums), is an American alternative rock band formed in 1997 in New York City; the original line up including all NYU students. Their name has various origin stories but Paul Banks comments “it just sounds cool.” Through 1998 to 2001, Interpol released several EPs and finally caught the eye of indie label Matador, a label famous for bands such as Pavement. In 2002, Interpol released their first album Turn The Bright Lights On. It is from this album that the song for episode 45 comes from. This album gave Interpol instant success, reaching many ‘top 10’ lists throughout 2002 including Pitchfork’s “album of the year.” Two years later, Interpol came out with their second album, Antics. This album, including songs such as Slow Hands, Evil, C’mere, gave Interpol even more notoriety allowing them to play more shows in even bigger venues. In 2007, Interpol came out with their most recent album, Our Love To Admire. Not long after the albums release it secured #4 on the top 200 billboard charts. Interpol began to play large festivals including headlining at Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago. With only three albums under their belt, Interpol is essential listening for any fan of rock/alternative music. With simple sweeping guitar patterns and a great lyrical sense, Interpol has shown that they deserve the attention. Another great aspect of this band is that all members are integral parts to creating music for the band instead of just one chief writer. Interpol is an excellent band that should be on everyone’s soundtrack.
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