I knew the mood of an Interpol show was going to be different. It wasn’t going to be as rambunctious, but a little more dressy, sophisticated, and grown up, as indicative of the band’s attire on stage. Earlier in the day, everyone was worried that the band wouldn’t be able to make the first of two sold out shows at Union Transfer, due to the ridiculous snow storm in Buffalo that week. Alas, roads were paved and Interpol was able to make the trek to Philly. On with the show as they always say.
The first act that night was a band from Florida named Hundred Waters. They are on OWSLA, which is Skrillex’s label. This threw me for a loop because most of that label are electronic based artists or DJs. It’s good to see labels reach out of their comfort zones with this band; it’s a really good choice. They played a very electronic, moody, and ethereal set, mixed with faint lights and smoke. Lead singer Nicole Miglis alternated between the keyboards and the flute. There were lengthy periods in songs where they seemed like atmospheric jam sessions. The crowd seemed hypnotized by it all. As their set progressed, the crowd grew more into it.
I saw Interpol earlier in the year at Governors Ball over the summer, but there is a distinct difference between a festival setting versus an intimate concert setting. I felt that a show such as Interpol was better suited for a club setting. Union Transfer, as it is spacious, it is also just small enough to fully lose yourself in the music. Interpol was all business for the most part, playing mostly material from their recent album, El Pinor. There weren’t many phones in the air (perhaps a picture or two). Everybody was at the mercy of the cool nature of Paul Banks and Daniel Kessler’s hypnotizing guitars. When Interpol played “Evil”, it was one of the liveliest points of the show. Drummer Sam Fogarino was grooving to that song specifically. For a person that goes to a lot of high-intensity shows, this was a welcome change of pace. Interpol’s recent reunion has certainly left the love for this band is still true.
Interpol Set list:
Say Hello to the Angels
My Blue Supreme
Take You on a Cruise
Everything Is Wrong
Rest My Chemistry
Not Even Jail
All the Rage Back Home
Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down