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.
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.