BY ELLIE WILTSHIRE
February the 17th was a fantastic night for New York indie giants Interpol as they wrapped up a series of gigs in London, concluding with a show for the NME Awards. Support came from Slaves, a punk duo from Kent whose noisy punk sounds seemed to baffle Interpol fans at The Forum in Kentish Town.
When Interpol took to the stage they were met with enthusiasm from their audience. For a band who have never had a huge hit single, even in Indie’s peak in the mid 2000’s, their fans let you know that these guys could become modern day indie legends. Opening with a fan favourite, ‘Say Hello to the Angels’ from 2004’s ‘Antics’ album the band continued to power through singles from their latest album ‘El Pintor’.
During ‘Evil’ the band had some technical problems when guitarist Daniel Kessler was handed the wrong guitar for the song. It didn’t take long for the band to get back into the swing of the song, which was probably one of the nights main highlights. Paul Banks sounded great on lead vocals, better than when I had seen him solo at Koko in 2013. The band closed their set with perhaps their most popular song 2004’s ‘Slow Hands’. The crowd wanted them back, and so the band returned for two encores packed with crowd pleasers, a highlight being the five minute PDA with its epic sounding extended outro. I was surprised to hear the concert end with the mellow ‘Untitled’ from ‘Antics’ and not another crowd favourite in the form of ‘C’Mere’. Overall, this was a great gig, Interpol gave the fans what they wanted to hear, a mix of old and their very refreshing sounding new songs, all of which have seemed to capture the magic of their first two albums. The band are approaching their 20th anniversary as a group in 2017, but they sounded as if they’d been performing live together for much longer on this triumphant night.