Based in Manhattan, New York, Interpol returned to the Twin Cities February 5th, performing at the Palace Theater in St. Paul. Interpol recently released the single “Fine Mess” and is currently touring their six-studio recording LP titled Marauder. They have been touring across Europe, and the United States. Soon they will be heading to South America then returning to the states and Europe in time for a handful of music festivals to continue their world tour.
The main floor was packed with Interpol fans when I walked in. I was blown away by the different age variations of people in the crowd. For some reason the taller folks were really concerned about my viewing ability and were really friendly and polite offering to move so I could see. The crown was prepared for their Interpol experience with their beer in hand.
Sunflower Bean kicked the night off by opening the show. This band also hails from New York City (Brooklyn). The trio is made up of Julia Cumming (vocals and bass), Nick Kivlen (vocals and guitar), and Jacob Faber (drums). The band is touring with Interpol to promote their brand-new EP King of the Dudes. I was really disappointed to miss them; due to my comute thanks to Minnesota’s February weather. They are a part of some really great upcoming summer music festival line ups.
The music, disco ball, lights, and fog balanced everything together really well. At moments I was inspired by the production and lighting of some of the intimate moments, and others futuristic New York rock club likeness. The band finished and was called for an encore. They returned and played three more songs. The last song was the much-anticipated classic Evil. As the crowd left the theater back into the snowy streets of St. Paul, there was a feeling of stillness and awe from what had just been experienced.
Setlist : Pioneer to the Falls / C’mere / If You Really Love Nothing / Public Pervert / Roland / Complications / Say Hello to the Angels / NYC / Take You on a Cruise / The Rover / Number 10 / Rest My Chemistry / Flight of Fancy / The New / All the Rage Back Home / Slow Hands
Encore:Lights / Not Even Jail / Evil