June 23, 2014

Interpol at Field Trip 2014

Interpol is an amazing band, and one of my favourites. I also got in to Paul Bank's solo album Banks and his Julian Plenti is Skyscraper album. "Games for Days" is one of the best songs, ever. They were one of the bands that made me most excited to go to Field Trip and they were a great closer for the beautiful first day.

However, they've suffered an affliction that many bands with incredibly revered first albums suffer from in that everything they ever release is compared to that brilliant first release. Don't get me wrong, Turn on the Bright Lights is an amazing album. But so is Antics. And so is, dare I say it, Our Love to Admire. Their 2010 eponymous album had growing potential but I didn't fertilize. So it goes. Hopefully, El Pintor will live up to fans' expectations when it comes out September 9.
The band seems to know this. Worshippers of Interpol's first two albums got a set was heavily weighted towards them. Fully 12 of the 16 songs they played were from Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics. Their show was tight and moderately blinding. Their monochrome light show took full advantage of the dark night but would have brought hell to the photographers in the pit. Since I was shooting with my iPhone, I wasn't to concerned about awesome looking pictures, so I'm not disappointed.

Here are my favourite tunes they played, following the set order:

"Evil" from 2004's Antics

"C'mere" from Antics

"NYC" from 2002's Turn On The Bright Lights

"Narc" from Antics

"PDA" from Turn On The Bright Lights

and set closer, the awesome "Slow Hands" from Antics

interspersed with new songs like "My Desire", "Anywhere" and "All the Rage Back Home" from the forthcoming album El Pintor.

The encore started off with "Lights" from 2010's Interpol

They closed down the night with the brilliant "Obstacle 1" from Turn On The Bright Lights

Now, I know that Our Love To Admire wasn't their most acclaimed album, but I really liked it, and I'm surprised it was completely shut out from this show. Oh well, maybe next time.
I took pics at Field Trip with my iPhone. Hopefully next year, I'll be in the photo pit with my better gear.