Been an incredible 12 days. Japan, I had missed ya. Nine years be damn too long.-DK https://t.co/TdjERhmLLF
Former Interpol Musician Carlos Dengler Knew His Career In Music Was Over When He Sat Through A "Boring" Performance By British Rockers Coldplay.
The guitarist quit the band in 2010 after finishing work on their self-titled fourth album, and he has since retrained as an actor.
Dengler has now revealed there were many reasons why he left Interpol, including his long-running struggle with substance abuse, but he finally made the decision to quit while watching Chris Martin's band play a lacklustre set on TV sketch show Saturday Night Live.
He tells BedfordandBowery.com, "I think the moment for me, and it's funny to think that this is the occasion for it, but when Coldplay - our old manager was Coldplay's manager - played Saturday Night Live, he offered us tickets.
Continue reading: Coldplay Inspired Interpol Star Quit
Former Interpol Musician Carlos Dengler Has Retrained As An Actor Following His Departure From The Group In 2010.
The guitarist quit the band after they finished their self-titled fourth album, and has kept a low profile while taking a three-year acting course at New York University (NYU).
After finishing his training this spring (15), Dengler acted in a theatre production of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily in Vermont, and he is now hunting for representation.
He tells Bedfordandbowery.com, "I'm auditioning and looking for an agent. Really, I just graduated. Also, it's not fair for me to even say, 'This is what I'm doing.' I spent three years in acting boot camp and I'm a 41-year-old man. I'm no spring chicken. So I'm looking at some of my younger classmates and how they're coming out of the gate with fire under their a**es and they're doing a lot of stuff. I'm like, 'Wow, that's pretty f**king impressive.' I just don't have that ability right now. I'm still putting all of the pieces together."
The good news is the quality of the latest acts announced.
The 23rd edition of the Netherlands' Lowlands Festival sees yet another wave of incredible artists hit the bill ahead of the date this summer. Hot Chip and Kendrick Lamar are among the major new additions, with seventeen more acts also announced.
Following the enormous success of his worldwide number one third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly', Kendrick Lamar is bringing his hip hop talent to the festival circuit with Lowlands just being the latest in a string of gigs this summer; he will also be playing Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Outside Lands and Reading Festival in the UK. Hot Chip will be supporting their own new album, 'Why Make Sense?', which is set to be released on May 15th 2015.
Continue reading: Lowlands 2015! We Have Good News And Bad News...
Coachella 2015 brings some fantastic artists - new and old - to Indio, California.
It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.
Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.
Dom Gourlay's Top Albums of 2014
10) Soft Walls - No Time
Multi-talented musician-cum-producer Dan Reeves divides his time playing in several bands with running a record label. This effort, his second as Soft Walls ranks as his finest collection to date. Although heralded as one of new psychedelia's finest releases, 'No Time' owes as much to Phil Spector and Suicide as it does anything else, and sounds all the more accomplished for it.
9) Temples - Sun Structures
Having spent the best part of two years touring the songs that would eventually go onto become 'Sun Structures', it was perhaps somewhat inevitable that the album would be every bit as good as we'd hoped. What happens next will be key to Temples long-term future, but for now 'Sun Structures' is a fitting document of the band's inaugural stages.
8) Cheatahs - Cheatahs
This cosmopolitan four-piece might display their influences quite brazenly. However, this debut bears all the hallmarks of a classic. Referencing the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver and Teenage Fanclub at regular intervals yet retaining a distinctive edge all the same, 'Cheatahs' is the sound of a band discovering an identity and using it to their advantage.
Continue reading: Dom Gourlay's Top Albums Of 2014
Cult rockers Interpol are slowly making their way to their next gig in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday (21Nov14) after spending more than two days stranded in a snowstorm in New York.
The Evil hitmakers had to spend over 50 hours holed up in their tour bus on Tuesday (18Nov14) and Wednesday (19Nov14) after a blizzard in Buffalo brought their vehicle to a halt, forcing the group to pull two dates in Canada.
Their driver was able to get back on the road on Thursday (20Nov14), but progress was slow as they encountered closed roads, as more snow started to fall.
Continue reading: Interpol's Tour Bus Back On The Road After Blizzard Setback
The prevailing narrative surrounding Interpol is that they have been a band in perpetual decline since the arrival of their critically-acclaimed debut 'Turn On The Bright Lights' in 2002. While such a narrative may be unfair, sophomore record 'Antics' and its follow-up 'Our Love To Admire' both enjoyed commercial success and largely positive reviews, their fourth LP 'Interpol' was less successful. An album that seemed bereft of spark and vitality, 'Interpol' became muddled in its own intricacies leaving fans and critics nonplussed.
When bassist Carlos Dengler left the band following the completion of their fourth record, it looked like Interpol as a band could be on the ropes. The argument that Interpol's best days were behind them seemed more persuasive than before. Fast-forward to 2014, however, and things have changed. If anyone thought that the departure of Carlos Dengler was the final nail in Interpol's coffin, 'El Pintor' shows those predictions to be premature. Bristling with the tense energy and slick style which has characterised Interpol's best work, 'El Pintor' is exactly the shot in the arm the band needed.
Towering single 'All The Rage Back Home' channels Interpol's trademark intensity; screaming tremolos sounding out over a tight rhythm section that's clinical in its execution. 'My Desire' reveals a previously rare glimpse of singer Paul Banks' falsetto, giving the song the added texture it needs to keep Interpol's sound fresh and interesting. In fact, Paul Banks' falsetto proves to be something of a hidden weapon which permeates the whole of 'El Pintor'. It doesn't always work, on 'Ancient Ways' it sounds forced, sudden and uncomfortable, but when deployed effectively on 'My Desire' and 'My Blue Supreme' in particular, it provides a contrast to Banks' default baritone which allows Interpol to add a strong new dimension to their sound.
Continue reading: Interpol - El Pintor Album Review
The influential guitarist had been diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma 11 months before he passed away on 29 December (13), aged 35, and now his pal Banks has remembered him in an article for Britain's NME magazine.
In the piece, Banks hails his friend as a major talent, writing, "Benjamin was gentle and soft spoken and yet he always seemed to be alight. There was a fire inside him that came through as a powerful charisma on or offstage. He was special. I used to refer to him as 'Mr Mojo', to portray what I felt was his indelible magnetism...
Continue reading: Paul Banks Writes Magazine Tribute To Benjamin Curtis
For the aging music fan it's almost a little depressing to see special edition re-releases. 10 years since Turn on the Bright Lights? Really... What on earth have I been doing with my decade? The album's original release tour is still not all too dim in my mind.
Whether the disbelief registers or not, it has indeed been ten years since the NY quartet released this landmark debut album. Considering their career in retrospect, Turn on the Bright Lights has been to Interpol equal parts blessing and curse: one which at the time cemented them as worthy, gloomy adversaries to the likes of The Strokes or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and yet it was for some a high watermark which the band have struggled to reach again. Reading most critical appreciation of their catalogue since will at some point lament upon Interpol's inability to revisit this envisioned summit.
The problem is of course that TOTBL was created and released in the rubble of 9/11. It shouldered the post-apocalyptic feelings of a city in ruins oh-so-neatly upon its haunting 12 tracks of post-punk and became an instant classic which, as classics albums tend to, took on a life of its own. Even Paul Banks disjointed lyricisms and monotone delivery, seen best on 'Obstacle #1' or 'PDA,' seemed to speak of the aftermath of tragedy. When people look back at TOTBL, they see not through rose-tinted spectacles, but black sunglasses.
As we met Interpol's guitarist Daniel Kessler at Leeds Festival they were at the business end of a mammoth two year tour of their 4th studio album, Interpol. Now together for over a decade, and surviving their fair share of scrapes (including the departure of bassist Carlos D) they are without doubt a wiser and more mature version of the young band who released Turn On The Bright Lights way back in 2001.
Continue reading: Interpol, Interview
Been an incredible 12 days. Japan, I had missed ya. Nine years be damn too long.-DK https://t.co/TdjERhmLLF
Friends. Been forever. Just a quick note to say I'm in Tokyo on my own and loving it. Just found my new local.-DK https://t.co/3ihUV3nrKi
Very happy to share the latest release from Cosmicide, @brandon_curtis's band. Please check it out on @NoiseyMusic https://t.co/1lVDnSn9LL
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Open wide, you're like New Year https://t.co/j8UngZO7pR
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Happy Holidays. Have a good one! - Interpol
Echostage, Washington DC https://t.co/xNgj24lKQZ
I recently helped out my friends @ Community in Athens, GA by modeling their (recycled) ties. Please check it out SF https://t.co/x68nzDBkOH
Photo by Gaelle Beri https://t.co/bqo9N9t6S0
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Setlist from The Metropolitan Museum of Art show 📷: @thefader https://t.co/ddJIK83Fpo
Electric Ballroom, London. June 2014 https://t.co/Wm1PzNZhVs
"Nobody told you, that I could just walk through and shake up your style" -Photography by Jelle Wagenaar https://t.co/lDQvs7LLSN
L I G H T S https://t.co/nBof0m2vRU
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EL PINTOR Thanks for listening @gabb_Lav https://t.co/eUO9kW40sG