Interpol was created in New York City in 1998. The original line-up of the band was Greg Drudy on drums, Daniel Kessler on guitar, Paul Banks on vox and guitar, and Carlos Dengler on bass (he left the band in May 2010).

Between '98 and 2000, the four lads forged a unique sound in a variety of the city's decrepit and shady rental rehearsal rooms. Paying by the hour, they cultivated a unique aesthetic and developed their notoriously delicate and complicated creative process. In 2000, Greg and the band split leaving Daniel, Paul, and Carlos with a significant and reflective hiatus. It soon came about that Interpol would try out Samuel Fogarino, whom Daniel knew through the record store where Sam worked. Sam was perfect for the band as he gave Interpol a healthy shot of punk aggression and rhythmic backbone.

Now with the line-up revitalized, Interpol resumed gigging at venues like Brownies, Mercury Lounge, and The Bowery Ballroom. Throughout 2000 and 2001 they opened for bands like ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Arab Strap, and The Delgados. Then came Interpol's first release, at the end of 2000, in the form of the third installment of the FukdID EP series on Scottish label Chemikal Underground. Around the same time, the band also contributed an unreleased track, "Song Seven," to the Fierce Panda Records compilation Clooney Tunes.

Popularity abroad increased as a result of regular rotation on London's XFM. In April 2001 Interpol played in Glasgow, Manchester, and London, capping off their visit with a session for the famed John Peel. Later on in August and November, the group visited France with appearances at festivals La Route du Rock (St. Malo) and Festival Off (Paris) respectively. In November of 2001, the band tucked themselves away in Connecticut at Tarquin Studios to record their debut full-length. The album was recorded and mixed by Peter Katis (Mercury Rev, Clem Snide) and Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Clinic.)

In February 2011, Dave Pajo (new bassist since Dengler left) decided to leave the band. He is replaced by Brad Truax.

Interpol Discography


5099951540128 Interpol Turn On The Bright Lights (Album) Matador 5099951540128 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
OLE 616-2 Interpol Antics (Album, Comp) Matador OLE 616-2 UK 2004 Sell This Version
509995 10325 2 4 Interpol Our Love To Admire (Album, EP) Capitol Records 509995 10325 2 4 Australia 2007 Sell This Version
VVR748050 Interpol Interpol (Album) Matador VVR748050 US 2010 Sell This Version
none Interpol El Pintor (Album) Matador none Europe 2014 Sell This Version
SOFTLIMIT01RSD Interpol El Pintor Remixes(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle) Soft Limit SOFTLIMIT01RSD Belgium 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CHEM047 Interpol Fukd I.D. #3 (EP) Chemikal Underground CHEM047 UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Interpol Precipitate (EP) Not On Label none US 2001 Sell This Version
VISA 7171 Interpol Obstacle 1 (Single, Maxi) Matador VISA 7171 France 2002 Sell This Version
none Interpol Interpol EP (EP, Single) Matador none Europe 2002 Sell This Version
none Interpol Roland / PDA(CDr, Single, Promo) Labels, Virgin none France 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 92157 2 3 Interpol The Black EP (EP) Labels 7243 5 92157 2 3 France 2003 Sell This Version
OLE 582-7 Interpol Say Hello To The Angels | NYC (Single) Matador OLE 582-7 UK 2003 Sell This Version
OLE 636-7 Interpol Slow Hands (Maxi, Single) Matador OLE 636-7 UK 2004 Sell This Version
OLE-9001 6 Interpol Interlude(File, AAC, Single, 256) Matador OLE-9001 6 UK, Europe & US 2004
OLE 635-2P Interpol Radio EP(CD, Maxi, Promo) Matador OLE 635-2P US 2004 Sell This Version
OLE 675-2 Interpol Remix (EP) Matador OLE 675-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
OLE 664-6 Interpol C'Mere (Maxi, Single) Labels OLE 664-6 UK 2005 Sell This Version
072438168942 Interpol Evil (Single, Maxi, EP) Matador 072438168942 France 2004 Sell This Version
OLE-690 6 Interpol Live Session EP (iTunes Exclusive)(4xFile, AAC, EP, Copy Prot., 128) Matador OLE-690 6 US 2005
none Interpol Remix EP (EP) Capitol Records none US 2007 Sell This Version
50999 5 07842 2 6 Interpol No I In Threesome (Single) Capitol Records 50999 5 07842 2 6 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Interpol Mammoth (Single) Capitol Records, Parlophone none 2007 Sell This Version
CL 894, 00946 3 96245 7 7 Interpol The Heinrich Maneuver (Single) Capitol Records, Parlophone CL 894, 00946 3 96245 7 7 UK 2007 Sell This Version
50999 5 14730 2 0 Interpol Live(CD, EP) Capitol Records 50999 5 14730 2 0 US 2007 Sell This Version


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October 12, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
Often compared to Joy Division, i always felt that somehow Interpol is where Ian Curtis left off: low-key vocals, prominent bass, complex drum structures and echoey guitars, even maybe too much on their first release 'Turn On The Bright Lights'. Many tought that it would turn out as one of too many uninspired "me-too" acts, but 'Antics' is in my opinion a much more personal album with alot of depth, which leads me to believe that Interpol is here to stay and mark its path in the history of indie rock music.

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