Posted in music | pictures on September 3, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Interpol @ The Met's Temple of Dendur 9/2/2014
InterpolInterpol

"I think our fourth record [2010's Interpol], in particular, was pretty left-field," says Banks. "Daniel wrote really left-field songs; Carlos at that point was inclined to go really far with some serious music theory on the compositions. I don't know shit about music theory. [With El Pintor], Daniel wrote songs that were immediate and direct, and I wanted to keep them that way. I didn't feel like pulling them off into very experimental directions, per se. It's very to-the-point, musically. I feel like it's refreshing, like we said, 'Let's write some fuckin' direct rock songs.' " - [Village Voice]
Interpol have always been a dapper band, but for the release party of their new album, El Pintor, they really celebrated in style, playing amongst the ruins of The Met's Temple of Dendur -- maybe their toniest show ever. (The night also was a release party for the Met's new mobile app.) Augmented by bassist Brad Truax and Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis on Keyboards, Interpol only played three new songs -- "All the Rage Back Home," "My Desire" and Same Town, New Story" -- all of which display the agreeably back-to-basics approach of El Pintor. With the record still a week out they were probably easing fans into it.

The band's attitude towards the new album seems pretty clear, judging from the setlist: they only played one song each from 2007's Our Love to Admire and 2010's eponymous album, sticking mainly to cuts from Turn on the Bright Lights, Antics and the new one. El Pintor definitely fits in well with those early hits. The band finished, appropriately, with "NYC." ("PDA" was on the setlist as the last song but they didn't play it.) As you might expect, sound was boomy in a big room like Temple of Dendur, but as pure spectacle it was a really cool place to see a band like Interpol.

Pictures and setlist from The Met are in this post. Interpol have more celebrating to do in their hometown, playing Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (9/4) which is sold out, iHeartRadio Theater on Friday (9/5) which will stream live at 7 PM, and two sold-out Terminal 5 shows as part of their Fall tour.

More pics and setlist from The Temple of Dendur, below...

---

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

Interpol All the Rage Back Home live at the Temple of Dendur 9/2/2014

Interpol - NYC live at the Temple of Dendur 9/2/14

Interpol - Same Town, New Story live at the Temple of Dendur 9/2/2014

SETLIST: Interpol @ The Met 9/2/2014
Untitled
(first time since November 2011)
Leif Erikson
Length of Love
My Desire
Hands Away
Narc
Lights
All the Rage Back Home
Take You on a Cruise
The Lighthouse
(first time since May 2011)
Same Town, New Story
Not Even Jail
Say Hello to the Angels
Encore:
NYC

---

      

Tags: Interpol

Comments (32)

The only other band that could fit the boring mold for this venue would be Arcade Fire. Jesus, Snooze fest.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 3:09 PM

@3:09pm - and where were you located in the venue last night? oh yeah, in front of your computer screen

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 3:16 PM

@3:16

I usually try my best to avoid rock bands made for 30 year old trust funders.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 3:33 PM

Thank you Bill, for the eponymous shout out.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 3:34 PM

This would have been mind blowingly awesome (had GYBE played instead)

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 3:48 PM

nice set, wish i could have gone

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 3:52 PM

Godspeed...now that would be the show of the year!

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 3:55 PM

At least they played in the dark. The Om show here suffered as they went on long before it got dark.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 4:08 PM

Would like to see the ipods play this venue.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 4:10 PM

Last Interpol show I went to, some 60 year-old guy with a goatee wearing cargo shorts ripped two loud nasty farts, turned around both times with a smirk on his face and said "Bazooka." to everyone around him.

Never seeing Interpol again.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 4:46 PM

never heard of them. they look like total d bags

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 4:47 PM

The MET using a two-millennial-old Roman temple to promote its new app - so cool.

Here are more revenue ideas:
- VIP bottle service ON the temple gate
- Tiki Bar with EDM DJs on the stone terrace (+ laser show). Hopefully Pauly D is available!
- Hummus release party

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 4:49 PM

@3:33 are you in college yet, little guy?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 4:50 PM

HA! Dude!

I'm a couple of years out of college and not working as barista, like yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 4:53 PM

4:47 asked who Paul McCartney was during the Grammys

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 4:54 PM

^

Why, you thinking about heading back and getting something more than your high school diploma?


After all: it's never too late, Dad.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 4:56 PM

interpol fucking sucks and has been sucking for the last 10 years or so. new album is mediocre at best. in the trash it goes!

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 5:00 PM

! E P O N Y M O U S !

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 5:03 PM

Shouldn't this have been in the Museum of Natural history? Like by the diorama's you know, from that CD cover. Makes sense to me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 5:13 PM

Eponytastic!

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 5:21 PM

Was a good setlist, but the sound just blew ass. Bowery show should be awesome

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 5:52 PM

This looked ok but the Bowery show should be EPONYMOUS!

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 6:07 PM

El Shitor

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 6:21 PM

Get bent

Posted by blayne | September 3, 2014 8:28 PM

They would give you nightmares for a week

Posted by Blake | September 3, 2014 8:29 PM

309 Arcade Fire, the band that sells millions of albums and sells out shows all over the world?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 9:37 PM

the sound was pretty tight up front against the stage. dont be jealous.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 9:52 PM

brooklyn vegan? More like BROOKLYN VEGETARIAN! I saw yo ass eating that milk-cheese pizza son at 3am on Bedford.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 9:55 PM

^ On Bedford? maybe it was Vinnie's

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2014 10:39 PM

A highly eponymous show. The surprise performance of 'Get Bent' (a Get Bent cover) was particularly eponymous.

Posted by ACAB | September 4, 2014 11:42 AM

Tonight's show at the Bowery is gonna be eponymous as fuck. can't wait

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 11:50 AM

really cant get into Interpol. I mean, it's great music, if you want to gouge out your eyes. They just are a bad Smiths cover band

Posted by Anon | October 20, 2014 9:36 PM

Leave a Comment