A chance at redemption to see the band at a nice venue for the new album and tour presented itself on Thursday last.
|Interpol at Radio City Music Hall|
And how sad it was, as I have mentioned before, that on this their final album with Carlos D's involvement that it was the bass that should shine through the most. The bass lines were heavy, prominent and really set the tone for the melancholy heart-felt sound of the album.
That said, on this album, there were some really great tracks but not the best work they've had. And as much as I love Interpol, I know not to expect some crazy light show or incredibly exciting concert. They're not a high-energy band but their songs are fantastic and heavy on emotion.
At the very least, I expect a concert of theirs to sound great and be relaxing with a bit of fun on the catchier tracks. I especially expected them to sound superb at Radio City Music Hall being the venue that it was, right? Sadly, it was not entirely so...
The Interpol @ Radio City Music Hall on 02/17/2011 Set List:
Rest My Chemistry
Say Hello To The Angels
Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
The Heinrich Maneuver
Not Even Jail
|A venue this pretty should make everything sound and look pretty, right? Right?|
2. School of Seven Bells. It's true that we have discovered a couple of great support bands in our concert history but for the most part, this is the kind of rubbish we are usually met with. This band, like most other bad ones we have seen, needs to get rid of their lead singer. As H1 best put it, her vocals were not unique and also had an air of fluffy, self-indulgence to it.
|School of Seven Whatevers. Photo and Re-named band courtesy of Bobolinkies|
Then there was the guy with the fockets. What's a focket you may ask? Well the man has coined a new term for a fake pocket. He was an obnoxious idiot, who was loud and trying his best to impress some girl who was incredibly dim. I think he was the focket - with two kinder letters in place of the ones I really want to use.
3. No camera. My trusty point and shoot LO died a horrible death some time last year. I'm not sure what happened but the lens got jammed. I have at least had H1's camera to back us up on our ventures but not tonight. H1 forgot her camera! This is the worst of our concert pictures because we had to rely on our phones. ::sniff:: However, we have to thank Bobolinkies for her efforts as well. She was in a different section which was closer and tried to take pics too.
|Photo credit: Bobolinkies. You can sort of make out Paul's bad haircut.|
5. The freaking blue lights on stage. Man! They ruined every already bad shot I tried to take! Next time, turn off the bright lights. Much appreciated.
|Some where amongst those bright blue lights is a band called Interpol.|
1. Sam - I had the good fortune of being able to see Sam's drumming very clearly. Drummers are impressive people and watching him play was a treat. There were some complicated impressive beats from my vantage point.
2. Kessler - He was dancing to the beats, and rocking that guitar like nothing. It was a joy to see him even if I did laugh remembering that time when I saw the video when he uh, was a bit too enthusiastic and fell on stage. Heh. It was cool though because he's so into it. The guitar sound was often beautifully haunting when it was focused on.
3. Paul Banks is ah duttyness. I think TD5, H1 and I have always enjoyed that sort of dirty quality to his voice, his lyrics and his delivery. And at the concert? Phew! Talk about dirty!!!! TD5, you would have loved "Stella..."
4. The set list. I do have a complaint and that was that no "Pioneer to the Falls" was played. Ugh. Why guys?! Otherwise, there were a lot of surprises there. "Stella..."! Sorry TD5, I know you're cursing us as you should. I enjoyed the ramped up, sharper, faster beat version of "Say Hello to Angels" that they played. "The Lighthouse" though? I never expected that because it's just so dull even though I really do love that the history behind the song and the song itself. Still, in a concert setting...again, why guys, why?
Overall, it was not one of the better concerts we have been to with all factors involved and I think the experience of Interpol would have been much better had we been up close and personal. A smaller, intimate venue would have been more welcome for them, I feel. Still, when it sounded good it was actually great and I am happy we finally were afforded the opportunity to see them.