One of 2004’s most hotly anticipated releases, the 2nd Interpol album, ‘Antics’, is released on 27 September. The New York quartet have more than fulfilled the promise of their wildly acclaimed ’02 debut, ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ with a far more ambitious sequel.
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Recorded with longtime associate Peter Katis, Antics is an optimistic exploration of the dark landscapes visited on ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’, but with substantial differences. No less brooding and intense but now infused with flashes of colour and romance, Antics travels from the gorgeous major chords of the opener, “Next Exit”, through a new assortment of characters named Rosemary, Rod Laver and Black Goddess as they cavort and frolic in seamy alleys and sweat-stained beds. Mixing the darker side of life with light, almost jangly, riffs “C’Mere” stands out as the pop song of the album. The journey ends with the grim “A Time To Be So Small”, the flipside of the hopeful opener. The lyrics and instrumentation have gained even greater depth, and the richer production opens the musical textures into four dimensions. Some of Interpol’s greatest songs are here: “Evil”, “Take You On A Cruise”, “Slow Hands” and “Not Even Jail” among them. A magnificent next step from one of the iconic bands of the new millennium, Antics is a powerful artistic statement from a group on the brink of stardom.
Formed in 1998 by Paul Banks, Carlos D and Daniel Kessler, with Sam Fogarino joining in 2000, Interpol forged a confident and unique sound during a frenetic period for New York rock. Their flair for the dramatic and their mature songwriting skills soon struck a chord both in the UK and the US and won them streams of devoted fans and instant critical acclaim. From releasing their debut Matador EP in June 2002, their transition into the popular conscience has been a natural progression and lead to their selling 300,000+ albums to date in the US. This is not just a ‘band-of-the-moment’, their quality and longevity has made them an omnipresent part of the pop culture landscape – clearly shown by their music being played on both Friends and Six Feet Under as well as REM covering ‘NYC’ at Madison Square Gardens. At the invitation of The Cure’s Robert Smith, Interpol embark upon a 23-date ampitheatre tour across North America as part of Curiosa playing second to the headliners. Interpol will return to the UK for their own tour this autumn.