Interpol Return Home to Play Celebrate BrooklynJuly 22nd, 2015
Interpol – Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell – July 21, 2015
The first drops of rain fell just minutes before Interpol hit the stage at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell last night. The band began with the up-tempo “Say Hello to the Angels,” off their 2002 self-titled debut, as everyone suffered through a classic New York City–summer heat wave. But despite the precipitation, very few umbrellas opened— because the rain, like the band’s return home to Brooklyn, was a welcome sight.
Interpol wasted no time, cutting through something like 14 songs in the performance’s first hour, all a mix from most of their five LPs. There were “Narc” and megahit “Evil,” from 2004’s Antics, “My Blue Supreme” and “Everything Is Wrong,” off 2014’s El Pintor, “Rest My Chemistry” and “Pioneer to the Falls,” from Our Love to Admire, and “Leif Erikson” and “PDA,” off Turn On the Bright Lights. During all of this, a stage projection began as a steady image of the El Pintor cover and slowly distorted into swirling polygonal shapes mixed with glitchy live shots of the band.
As the stage lights and the visualization blinked faster and got more chaotic, lead singer Paul Banks shed the straight-man persona and thrashed around the stage more and more during each song. During “Leif Erikson,” the rain lifted and a crescent moon appeared above the stage. “This is where we were born,” said Banks. “It’s beautiful.”
—Sean O’Kane | @Sokane1