Groups get together and break up. It's a constant process. So where do you go and what do you do if you're looking to join a group? Well, there's taking out an ad in a music paper or hanging around a music store or a record store. Drummer Sam Fogarino did the latter. Both he and the members of Interpol frequented the same store. So when Interpol's drummer left, they asked Fogarino to join. Pays to have contacts.
New York University students; U.K. native Paul Banks (vocals/guitar), Daniel Kessler (guitar) and Carlos Dengler (bass) got together in '98. The group nursed its live act for a couple years before Fogarino joined. They participated in a compilation project ("Fukd I.D." series) which helped build their U.K. following. Successful appearances in the U.K. and France resulted.
Interpol scored a Matador Records contract and released their self-titled debut EP in '02. Later that year, their full-length album "Turn On The Bright Lights" arrived. Two years down the road, Interpol issued their sophomore CD, "Antics" with "Evil," "Narc" "C'mere" and "Slow Hands."
Interpol unfurled their third album but first major-label (Capitol/EMI Records) effort, "Our Love To Admire" in the summer, '07. The 11 track album contained the single "The Heinrich Maneuver."
Banks, working under the name Julian Plenti, released his '09 debut solo album "Julian Plenti Is… Skyscraper." With help from Interpol's Fogarino and others, the set was recorded in Brooklyn (Seaside Lounge) and Manhattan (Electric Lady Studios) and came out on Matador (the same label that had issued Interpol's early work).
In May, '10, Interpol announced they had parted ways with Carlos D. (Dengler). He left following the completion of the group's self-titled fourth album "to follow another path, and to pursue new goals."
Interpol was slated to open for U2 on the '10 leg of the Irish band's 360 trek. But during rehearsals Bono suffered a serious spine injury that derailed those plans.
Instead Interpol was able reschedule a tour to promote their latest release. Joining them was bassist Dave Pajo and Secret Machine's keyboardist Brandon Curtis.
"Interpol" marked the group's return to the Matador imprint. One of the key tracks was "Success" which according to Banks was "about the foibles of fame and narcissism."
Months after "Interpol" was released the group announced Dengler's departure. Bassist David Pajo and keyboardist Brandon Curtis were enlisted for tours. But the following year, Pajo said he would no longer tour with Interpol, so he could dedicate more time to his family. Brad Truax was the group's next touring bassist.
A deluxe edition of "Turn On The Bright Lights was released in '12, to mark the album's ten-year anniversary. It included previously the unreleased tracks "Get The Girls" and "Song Seven."
Interpol's fifth studio album, "El Pintor," dropped in '14. It was band's first album of original music since the Dengler's resignation. Banks was on bass and Curtis played keyboards on nine of the album's ten tracks.
2002 Turn On The Bright Lights
2007 Our Love To Admire
2014 El Pintor
Interpol's preferred mode of operation is to have one guitar play a repetitive figure as the rhythm section kicks in. A second guitar adds atmosphere and/or propels the song forward. Then Banks enters the fray with David Bowie influenced lines that deal with relationships, the fallout and loneliness. Reminiscent of the Psychedelic Furs, Interpol regularly achieves that same ethereal quality.