Backstage before their show at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Interpol’s Daniel Kessler and Sam Fogarino went back and forth about the process of revisiting their old records to prepare for tour.
“I popped on Our Love to Admire just to familiarize myself with some songs that we might play at some point,” said Fogarino, the band’s drummer. “I start to think about moments unrelated to making the record that might have been happening personally or something funny that happened during the writing of the record or the recording of the record. I don’t really think about negative press – or the opposite. Sometimes you really gotta get away from people liking you too much.”
Here, however, the band seemed to feed off that adoration, sending it back out to the crowd. “Anywhere” and “All the Rage” off their new El Pintor – the band’s first record since 2010 – were met with rapturous applause, and both performances can be watched below. “Evil,” above, one of the stand-outs off 2004’s Antics, gave fans a chance to sing along to an old favorite.
“I’ve been meaning to buy that record again,” Kessler laughed backstage, referring again to Our Love to Admire. “I don’t have a copy. That’s what happens. I don’t go back and listen to it. But I need to do the same thing where I need to like, polish up on what that tempo is that I played.”
The band members also took a moment to discuss the music that got them started, their favorite rock groups from when they were kids. “My first musical memory is the Jam,” said Kessler. “My brother was a huge Jam fan, and I was living in London at the time so it was at the height of their fame.”
Fogarino, however, switched it up, citing the early influence of Canadian trio Rush. “Let’s get uncool,” he said. “A member of Interpol is not supposed to say that they love Rush.”
“All the Rage”
Interview: Daniel Kessler and Sam Fogarino discuss their early influences, OCD pre-show rituals and Rush