Interpol was working it on Labor Day – the band played a live session for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on the eve of the release of its latest self-titled CD. A lucky crowd of about 150 people gathered at producer Bob Clearmontain’s Berkeley Street Studios to see the band crank through a two-set playlist spliced by on stage interview with Music Director Jason Bentley. The original line up made its US live radio debut back in the summer of 2002 when Nic Harcourt was at the helm. Interpol was formed by Daniel Kessler in 1997 at New York University using a collective format, although fellow classmate Paul Banks had been writing songs since high school. They became part of the burgeoning New York City music scene during the next decade with the Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
This new group includes Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines on keyboard plus bassist David Pajo of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Stint to fill in for the departed Carlos Dengler. The classics were assertively rolled out along with some new tunes, “Success,” “Summer Lights,” and “Lights” as well as the single “Barricade.” Ten days later they’ll be on tour with U2, “a little Irish band” as the band joked. KCRW is also providing an album preview for the CD until September 18th for many happy listeners.