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Interpol Ready "Antics"

New York art rockers to release second album in September

July 27, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Interpol have set a September 28th release for their second album, Antics. The New York quartet recorded the follow-up to 2002's Turn on the Bright Lights in rural Connecticut, where, according to bassist-keyboardist Carlos D., "the boredom was sometimes spirit-crushing."

Some of that angst made its way onto the album in songs such as "Narc," which singer Paul Banks says is about "manipulation, surveillance, intimidation and blackmail."

Interpol are currently touring with their sonic godfathers, the Cure, on the Curiosa Festival. The Rapture and Mogwai are also playing the main stage, with Auf Der Maur, Cursive, the Cooper Temple Clause, Cursive, Thursday and Muse among the bands on the second stage. Though the Cure follow Interpol on the main stage, don't expect any live collaborations. "It would be like getting too close to the sun," says Carlos D.

Track list for Antics:

Next Exit
Evil
Narc
Take You on a Cruise
Slow Hands
Not Even Jail
Public Pervert
C'mere
Length of Love
A Time to Be So Small

Curiosa tour dates:

7/28: Nashville, Starwood Amphitheater
7/29: Atlanta, HiFi Buys Amphitheater
7/31: New York, Randall's Island
8/1: Camden, NJ, Tweeter Center
8/3: Cincinnati, Riverbend Music Center
8/4: Cleveland, Blossom Music Center
8/6: Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/7: Boston, Tweeter Center
8/9: Toronto, Molson Amphitheater
8/11: Detroit, DTE Energy Music Center
8/12: Chicago, Tweeter Center
8/14: Dallas, Smirnoff Music Center
8/15: Houston, Woodlands Pavilion
8/17: Denver, Coors Amphitheater
8/18: Salt Lake City, USANA Amphitheater
8/21: Seattle, The Gorge
8/24: San Diego, Coors Amphitheater
8/25: Phoenix, Cricket Amphitheater
8/27: Los Angeles, Home Depot Center
8/28: San Francisco, SBC Park
8/29: Sacramento, Arco Arena

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