INTERPOL Turn On The Bright Lights (Matador)
So, Im all set to reproach Interpol for their wholesale appropriation of raincoat-wearing British post-punk (Joy Division and Echo & The Bunnymen, mainly, with perhaps a soupcon of Gang Of Four in there as well) before it occurs to me that Editors have practically ripped their act wholesale from Interpol.
Their classic debut (it must be true, would the cover sticker lie?) isnt what youd call an ingratiating album. Even in 180 gram audiophile vinyl form its a chilly listen, keeping the audience at arms length. Factor in Paul Banks frequently hysterical robot opera vocals and some terse song titles (Untitled, Obstacle 1, NYC, PDA) and youre not exactly in for a riotous knees-up.
The bouncy PDA is reminiscent of Joy Division circa Transmission, and Rolands frenetic urban paranoia is not unaware of that bands Interzone. Yet the albums not without a certain abrasive charm: the glacial flow of NYC is one of the albums better moments and theres a corrosive wit at work on Obstacle 2. Even so, as with Franz Ferdinands debut, it youre old enough to remember post-punk first time around, or are at least familiar with relics from that era, theres nothing to hear here. Kudos to Matador, though, for yet again bundling an MP3 download with their vinyl pressing.