STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER/For 21st Century Media
The music of Interpol has always been cold and bleak, with music meant to be put on while a snowstorm rages outside, embers burning in the fireplace and a glass of red wine close at hand. But even by those standards, the situation the New York City indie-rockers found themselves in last month was a bit extreme. Heading to a show in Toronto in support of their fifth album, the September released El Pintor, the group was trapped by the epic snowfall that dumped seven plus feet in New York state while cutting through Buffalo.
“Dry goods and vodka,” tweeted guitarist Daniel Kessler at the 13-hour point. “We will make it.”
They ended up spending more than 50 hours on the side of a stretch of Interstate 90. When the tour bus finally started moving in an attempt to get to downtown Buffalo, roadblocks were met at every turn. Gigs in Toronto, Montreal and Boston were cancelled. Finally, the shows resumed in Philly at Union Transfer – where Interpol returns today (Dec. 1) after just over one week – with Kessler tweeting, “It feels good to be in Philly. Almost kissed the sidewalk this morning. Cannot wait to play a show tonight!”
The blistering set was heavy on Interpol’s flawless debut, 2002’s Turn on the Bright Lights, with songs like, “NYC,” “Say Hello to the Angels” and “Hands Away” warming the crowd. Thankfully the weather will be much more kind this time around with highs expected to be in the low 60s.
Monday will likely be the last time the band rolls through town for a long while. It pretty much marks the end of the first leg touring the United States, with brief appearances scheduled at two west coast radio festivals and then a European and South American tour that will carry on through the middle of June.
IF YOU GO
What: Interpol in concert. Hundred Waters open
When: Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm December 1
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia.
Tickets: $30.00 – $32.00 – Show is SOLD OUT, according to http://www.utphilly.com/event/682139-interpol-philadelphia/
Info: Call (215) 232-2100 or visit www.utphilly.com