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 Tracks


Interpol Turn On The Bright Lights (Album) Matador Russia 2002 Sell This Version
Interpol Antics (Album, Comp) Matador UK 2004 Sell This Version
Interpol Our Love To Admire (Album, EP) Capitol Records Europe 2007 Sell This Version
Interpol Interpol (Album) Matador US 2010 Sell This Version
Interpol El Pintor (Album) Matador Europe 2014 Sell This Version
SOFTLIMIT01RSD Interpol El Pintor Remixes(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle) Soft Limit SOFTLIMIT01RSD Belgium 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Interpol Fukd I.D. #3 (EP) Chemikal Underground UK 2000 Sell This Version
Interpol Precipitate (EP) Not On Label US 2001 Sell This Version
Interpol PDA (Single) Matador France 2002 Sell This Version
Interpol Obstacle 1 (Single, Maxi) Matador France 2002 Sell This Version
Interpol Interpol EP (EP) Matador Europe 2002 Sell This Version
none Interpol Roland / PDA(CDr, Single, Promo) Labels, Virgin none France 2002 Sell This Version
Interpol The Black EP (EP) Labels France 2003 Sell This Version
Interpol Say Hello To The Angels | NYC (Single) Matador UK 2003 Sell This Version
Interpol Slow Hands (Maxi, Single) Matador UK 2004 Sell This Version
7243 8672 352 9 Interpol NARC(CD, Single, Copy Prot., Promo) Labels 7243 8672 352 9 Europe 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
Interpol Remix (EP) Matador US 2005 Sell This Version
Interpol C'Mere (Maxi, Single) Labels UK 2005 Sell This Version
Interpol Evil (Single, Maxi, EP) Matador 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
Interpol Remix EP (EP) Capitol Records US 2007 Sell This Version
Interpol No I In Threesome (Single) Capitol Records US 2007 Sell This Version
Interpol Mammoth (Single) Capitol Records, Parlophone 2007 Sell This Version


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October 12, 2005
edited over 12 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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