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Who is Interpol?
Interpol originated in New York City in 1998. The original line-up of the band was Greg on drums, Daniel on guitar, Paul on vox and guitar, and Carlos on bass. Between '98 and 2000, the four lads forged a unique sound in a variety of the city's decrepit and shady rental rehearsal rooms. Paying by the hour, they cultivated a unique aesthetic and developed their notoriously delicate and complicated creative process. In 2000, Greg and the band split leaving Daniel, Paul, and Carlos with a significant and reflective hiatus. It soon came about that Interpol would try out Sam, whom Daniel knew through the record store where Sam worked. Sam was perfect for the band as he gave Interpol a healthy shot of punk aggression and rhythmic backbone.
Then came Interpol's first release, at the end of 2000, in the form of the third installment of the FukdID EP series on Scottish label Chemikal Underground. Around the same time, the band also contributed an unreleased track, "Song Seven," to the Fierce Panda Records compilation Clooney Tunes.

Popularity abroad increased as a result of regular rotation on London's XFM. In April 2001 Interpol played a session for the famed John Peel. In November of 2001, the band tucked themselves away in Connecticut at Tarquin Studios to record their debut full-length. The album was recorded and mixed by Peter Katis (Mercury Rev, Clem Snide) and Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Clinic.)


Who are the members of Interpol?
Paul Banks Lead Vocals, Guitar
Daniel Kessler Guitar, Vocals
Carlos D. Bass
Sam Fogarino Drums


Who plays keyboards?
Carlos writes and records all of the keyboard parts for Interpol. For live performances Interpol bring in a touring keyboard player. Currently that role is performed by Blasco.


Who is Eric?
Eric Altesleben was Interpol's touring keyboardist from 2001-2003.


Who is Blasco?
Blasco is Interpol's current touring keyboardist. His first tour with Interpol was during the Curiosa Festival in July/August 2004. Sam had previously played drums in a band with Blasco.


Who is Greg?
Greg Drudy was Interpol's first drummer. He left Interpol in 2000 to be replaced by Sam Fogarino who occupies the stool to this day.


How did the band form?
The band was formed by Daniel while studying at New York University. Daniel first started playing with Greg on drums. He met Carlos in a history class and persuaded him to play bass with them. Daniel had met Paul several years earlier while both were studing in Paris and he recruited him to join in on guitar and vocals. In 2000 Greg left the band and Daniel recruited Sam to replace him.


How did they get their name?
There are different stories to this. One suggests that it came from a rhyme classmates of Paul's used to tease him with "Paul, Paul, Interpol." Another story is that it has to do with the ordered nature in which the band operates, similar to that of the international police.


Did they ever use a name other than Interpol?
Before deciding upon the name Interpol, the band considered Las Armas and The French Letters. They also performed a secret show at Luna Lounge in New York under the pseudonym Cuddleworthy.


Have they ever been contacted by the real Interpol?
Rumor has it that an Interpol agent attended a concert in Europe and actually approached the band afterwards. On the other hand, the band does receive a lot of mail from people who think that info@interpolny.com is the email address for the international police.


When are their birthdates?
Paul: May 3
Carlos: April 23
Daniel: September 25
Sam: August 9


What record company are they signed to?
Matador Records worldwide (excluding continental Europe)
http://www.matadorrecords.com/interpol/index.html
Labels Continental Europe


How many albums has Interpol recorded?
Interpol has recorded 2 full length albums "Turn on the Bright Lights" and "Antics." In addition there are several EPs and singles.


Where was Turn on the Bright Lights recorded?
At Tarquin Studios in Connecticut - Tarquin Studios occupies the top floor of a 150-year-old house, which once served as a hospital for autistic children. It was recorded by Peter Katis and mixed by Peter Katis and Gareth Jones.


When was Turn on the Bright Lights recorded/released?
Turn on the Bright Lights was recorded in November/December of 2001. It was released on August 19/20, 2002.


Are there different versions of Turn on the Bright Lights and which bonus tracks can be found on them?
US Version
Released: 20/8/2002.
Label: Matador
Track listing: Untitled/Obstacle 1/NYC/PDA/Say Hello to the Angels/Hands Away/Obstacle 2/Stella Was A Diver and She Was Always Down/Roland/The New/Leif Erikson

UK Version
Released 19/8/2002
Label: Matador UK
Track listing: Untitled/Obstacle 1/NYC/PDA/Say Hello to the Angels/Hands Away/Obstacle 2/Stella Was A Diver and She Was Always Down/Roland/The New/Leif Erikson

European Version
Released 19/8/2002
Label: Labels
Track listing: Untitled/Obstacle 1/NYC/PDA/Say Hello to the Angels/Hands Away/Obstacle 2/Stella Was A Diver and She Was Always Down/Roland/The New/Leif Erikson

1st Japanese Version
Released: 25th August 2002
Label: Matador/P-Vine
Track Listing: Untitled/Obstacle 1/NYC/PDA/Say Hello to the Angels/Hands Away/Obstacle 2/Stella Was A Diver and She Was Always Down/Roland/The New/Leif Erikson/Specialist/Interlude

2nd Japanese Version
Released: 16th July 2003
Label: Matador/Labels-Japan
Track listing: Untitled/Obstacle 1/NYC/PDA/Say Hello to the Angels/Hands Away/Obstacle 2/Stella Was A Diver and She Was Always Down/Roland/The New/Leif Erikson/Hands Away (Peel Session)/Obstacle 2 (Peel Session)/ PDA (Enhanced video)/NYC (enhanced video)/Obstacle 1 (enhanced video)

Korean Version
Released: 2/6/2003
Label: Matador/Ales Music
Track listing: Untitled/Obstacle 1/NYC/PDA/Say Hello to the Angels/Hands Away/Obstacle 2/Stella Was A Diver and She Was Always Down/Roland/The New/Leif Erikson/Interlude/Specialist

Australian/New Zealand Version
Released:
Label: Matador/Remote Control
Track listing: Untitled/Obstacle 1/NYC/PDA/Say Hello to the Angels/Hands Away/Obstacle 2/Stella Was A Diver and She Was Always Down/Roland/The New/Leif Erikson/Specialist


When was Antics recorded/released?
The recording/mixing of Antics started at the end of March 2004 and concluded at the end of May. The album was released in UK/Europe/Australia/NZ on September 27, 2004. In the US it was released on September 28, 2004. The Japanese release was on October 6, 2004.


Where was Antics recorded?
Antics was recorded and mixed at the same studio (Tarquin Studios) where Turn on the Bright Lights was done. Both albums were recorded by Peter Katis.


Where can I find Interpol lyrics?
Lyrics can be found in the website's Discography section. The lyrics are printed as Paul has requested. Certain lines (ie. Obstacle 1) have been intentionally omitted.


Has Interpol made any videos?
"NYC", directed by Doug Aitken
"PDA" directed by Christopher Mills
"Obstacle 1" directed by Floria Sigismondi
"Slow Hands" directed by Daniel Levi


Is there an Interpol DVD?
There is no official performance DVD. "Obstacle 1" was released as a DVD single. The track listing is: 1. Obstacle 1 video (Directed by Floria Sigismondi); 2. Specialist (Black Session); 3. Leif Erikson (Black Session)


Who does the artwork?
All of the packaging artwork has been designed by New York artist Sean McCabe. He has also taken the photographs used on the covers of Turn on the Bright Lights, The Black EP, and the NYC/Say Hello to the Angels single. Sean also contributed several photographs to the inner sleeves of the Interpol EP, Turn on the Bright Lights, and Antics. The photograph on the cover of the Obstacle 1 single was taken by Stacy Iannacone. Interpol also worked with Shepard Fairey (the creator of the Obey/Giant campaign) on a series of art pieces for the Interpol Space gallery project during the release of Antics.


What kind of equipment do the members of Interpol use?
Paul:
Black Gibson Custom Les Paul
2x Fender Pro Reverb Amp
Various pedals

Daniel:
Epiphone Casino
Epiphone ES-330
2x Fender Twin Reverb Amps
Various pedals

Carlos:
Fender Jazz bass
Ampeg SVT-Classic amp
Ampeg Classic 8x10 cabinet

Sam:
GMS Drums: 14" snare, 12"rack tom, 16" floor tom
Paiste Cymbals: 14" hats, 16" and 18" crashes, 20" ride, 20" china
Evans drum heads
Vic Firth sticks
(Sam has played rented kits when performing at festivals, radio shows and on previous tours, so you may have seen him playing a variety of different kits)


Has Interpol ever performed/recorded a cover?
No. And at present they have no plans to do so.


Does Carlos also DJ at clubs?
Yes. Carlos has spun at clubs all over the world. He often spins at parties while the band is on tour and has hosted several ongoing parties in NYC.

--- from the official Interpol website

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