Interpol – Copenhagen – August 2017

Paul Banks Captured in Red Light Live at Copenhagen on 27th August 2017.

Interpol’s seminal ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ album was released in 2002 and is widely regarded as the soundtrack to the evolution of New York throughout the new decade. Beautifully crafted melodies combined with Paul Bank’s distinctly ‘off the wall’ lyrics established the group as pioneers of a new scene which soon captivated the world. Fifteen years on, the band have refined both their sound and their overall aesthetic which has brought with it critical acclaim and new audiences. Unable to purchase tickets for the UK leg of the tour, I decided to go to Copenhagen instead and combine the gig with a pilgrimage to one of Europe’s design-orientated epicentres and what a trip it proved to be.

Interpol were amazing and the venue utterly stunning; located on the campus of Copenhagen University, the DR Konverthuset is an uber modern structure with acoustics to die for. PDA, NYC and Leif Erikson have always been my favourite tracks from the album and they did not disappoint; perfect swathes of guitar rhythms swirled about the venues cavernous space whilst the backline thundered along like as smooth as a Japanese bullet train; Bank’s perfectly audible vocals inspired a mass singalong from the appreciative crowd who recognised that we were all witnessing something very special. If you haven’t already, buy the album, go and see them live anywhere in the world, dress up in suits or dresses and dance around in your living room to one of the most amazing records released this century.