Posted in music on May 9, 2011

by Andrew Sacher

Interpol @ Terminal 5 - 5/8/2011
Interpol

In a time where the genre is thriving, dream pop vets Blonde Redhead reminded the audience at Terminal 5 last night (5/8) that they're still on top of their game. Performing with a fervor unlike many of their contemporaries, Blonde Redhead delivered a tremendous set comprised of songs off their two most recent albums, 23 and Penny Sparkle. Kazu Makino and Amedeo Pace fed off each other's energies with ease, while sincerely retaining a youthful spirit of intensity. Pace's twin brother Simone completed the sound perfectly with a style that refuses to choose between precision and attack.

Having always considered Blonde Redhead's more recent material to be on the more relaxed side, they successfully proved me wrong with one of the loudest sets I've ever seen. They translated the subtle trip hop rhythms of "Here Sometimes" into dark bass-heavy dance beats that filled the entire venue with the same power the band was generating on stage. Standout track "Spring and by Summer Fall" ended with a blaring noise section and a light show spastic enough to blind the crowd, further accentuating what may have already been the most memorable part of the set.

A half hour later, Interpol emerged out of the shadowy lighting and fog machines and dove into Interpol album opener "Success." They followed the song with an hour and a half of material off all four of their albums, "Say Hello to the Angels" was an especially pleasant surprise early on. The band performed with a level of confidence that has evidently grown from album to album, and each member's distinct playing style cut through. Not being able to see Carlos D (or even Dave Pajo) was extremely unfortunate, but his trademark bass lines were well replicated by Interpol's current touring bassist Brad Truax. The highlight of the set came when Truax broke into the opening bass line of "Evil," which was responded to with excessive applause from the crowd who proceeded to shout along to every word in the song.

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The NYC show was a benefit for Sickday Safety Net. Interpol is done touring for now, but has more dates scheduled all over the place throughout the summer. Their setlist from last night and a couple videos from the show, below...

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blonde redhead performing 23 @ Terminal 5 [5.9.11]

(HD) Interpol - Say Hello To The Angels - Terminal 5 - New York, NY - 5.8.11

Interpol Concert at Terminal 5, New York, NY, USA
Setlist on May 8, 2011

Success
Say Hello To The Angels
C'mere
Hands Away
Mammoth
Rest My Chemistry
Evil
The New
Narc
Lights
Summer Well
Leif Erikson
The Heinrich Maneuver
Memory Serves
Slow Hands

Encore:
The Lighthouse
Specialist
Obstacle 1
Not Even Jail

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Comments (41)

Blonde fucking Redhead
/eot

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 10:48 AM

I bet everyone at the concert's mothers were really sad...

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 10:57 AM

decent setlist

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 10:59 AM

BV, can you please dispense with the fanboy drivel that precedes the photos/videos/setlists? At the very least, start using writers who have passed Rock Journalism 101.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:01 AM

blonde redhead were 100x better than interpol last night. wow!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:04 AM

truax is major

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:06 AM

11:01, can you please dispense with the douchebag anonymous drivel that follows the photos/videos/setlists? At the very least, think of something to contribute to the scene other than hiding behind your computer and insulting young writers who have enough ambition to get their words out there.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:11 AM

need pictures of the babe in blonde redhead

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:11 AM

I saw some dude with the HAIRIEST chest I've even seen wearing a tank-top there. His chest hair spilled onto his shoulders to make shoulder-hair. Gotta wax that shit homeboy!

Good show though.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:11 AM

11:11, where are you? I'll send over a hummus platter.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:14 AM

"blonde redhead were 100x better than interpol last night."

Not hard to do.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:17 AM

"think of something to contribute to the scene"


Will somebody please thing of the SCENE!?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:19 AM

There's a really great book by Kaya Oakes called Slanted and Enchanted that comes to the conclusion that hipsters are the people who take everything superficial from the indie scene and contribute absolutely nothing in return. Just something to think about next time you're not touring, not working on an album, not writing for a very popular music blog and so forth. Have fun

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:29 AM

11:17 enlighten me why Blonde Redhead were 100 times better? What part of Interpols show was not up to par this particular night. I was not at the show but caught them in Asbury Park and the show was decent...

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:29 AM

11:29, was that your contribution to the scene?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:33 AM

"Indie Culture" is a myth.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:34 AM

fuck samples

play a keyboard grrl

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:34 AM

11:33 if you knew my contributions you'd STFU

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:37 AM

11:37, I think you need some humMEHs.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:41 AM

LCD was special...

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:06 PM

I wish people would just STFU at concerts and not try to talk over the music. Can't you just communicate between songs? When you are right in my ear yelling in Spanish "barrabarrabarrabarrabaraaraa" you make it easy for me to hate you. Also the farting at these events must come to an end. Can't you guys just lay off the curried hummus on show days?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:08 PM

talking at concerts will stop when people stop using mommy and daddy's credit cards to buy tickets

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:13 PM

Had never thought one way or the other about Blonde Redhead but they were seriously great last night.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:15 PM

Blonde Redhead are seriously great every time they play. They are, in fact, the pride of Brooklyn as far as rock goes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:18 PM

12:08 - dude, seriously, you sound like that blonde UCLA twat that was complaining about Asians in the library. I'm with you about people talking at shows, but STFU about dragging any ethnic groups into it, heh? Last time I checked, most hipsters are white, and I just love to get me some hipsters wif mah baseball bat, ya feel me?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:20 PM

Say Hello to the Angels is not special, I have seen Interpol 7 times and they have played it at every single show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:22 PM

^ I seen Interpol maybe 6 times and hear Length of Love for the first time...that was special

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:43 PM

you're STILL buying tickets to see Interpol?

what a humorous waste of money and time

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 1:22 PM

Show was a bit boring imo - I found myself wondering how they (Interpol) carried a major slot at Coachella.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 1:23 PM

umm Coachella sucked this year dude. Sorry to say.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 1:26 PM

1:22 so is posting on BV but people still do it...

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 1:54 PM

yeah, i've seen interpol a lot as well and SHTTA is a song they always play. the real treats were the new and specialist.

the crowd in my area was awful...i can't believe that people still yell shit like "paul banks, i love you, have my babies" (the entire night) at shows. please die

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 3:46 PM

"blonde redhead were 100x better than interpol last night."

More like, Blonde Redhead ARE better than Interpol EVERY night.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 4:17 PM

12:20 What does ethnicity have to do with the fact that some chick was talking very loud in Spanish during the Blonde Redhead set while her boyfriend was farting up a storm of curried garbanzos and trying to play it off. I was hoping they were trolling around on here and would read my comments and know their covers were blown. I do however find it offensive that you are offended by my use of a common word, "Spanish."Last I heard it is not a derogatory term nor a word used to describe a certain hate for a culture. I was merely describing the facts like the one that says the library at UCLA is full of Asians because it is.
Take your baseball bat and shove it your ethnic ass douche nozzle.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 4:25 PM

Who was the asshole that kept yelling, "Alexxx!! ALEX! ALEXXX!" during the Blonde Redhead set. Jesus christ.. What a fag (literally). And those two ugly men with white shirts that BARGED their way to the front only to dance like annoying maniacs. Glad one of them was pushed away and almost punched in the face. Fucking assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 5:50 PM

Great song from last night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDzUZdm4onU

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 6:39 PM

@5:50, good point, fuck those bros in the white shirts. and the dude screaming "alex" over and over again. the crowd sucked dick at this show for reals

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 6:40 PM

The rarely play 'the New.' I have never heard them play that song and the only Interpol shows I missed over the last few years were these most recent ones and the tour prior. Won't lie, bummed to have missed it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 7:46 AM

Snoozer-pol and Boring Redhead

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 3:14 PM

it would also be nice to acknowledge where those videos come from - youtube is free, but these people obviously are doing a hell of a better job than 90% of the bullshit out there

Posted by tlb | May 18, 2011 1:51 AM

blonde hair girl.

Posted by Jamie | March 11, 2014 7:54 PM

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