Interpol finally arrived in Charleston after having to postpone their show more than a month ago. It was their first time in South Carolina, and they delivered the straightforward, brooding rock that fans in the Carolinas had been waiting for.
Despite losing one of their more stylishly prominent members, bassist Carlos D, last spring, the group sounded quite tight. While Interpol pushed through a set of songs from their previous albums Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics, and dropped more than a few from their upcoming self-titled album, the crowd sang along to the often complex, yet memorable lyrics and bobbed their heads throughout.
Although the Music Farm is not known for having the very best sound in town, Interpol pushed it to the limit with their thick bass lines and cold, searing guitars that cut through like a serrated blade. Lead singer Paul Banks, looking devilishly nerdy, delivered his trademark creeping voice from song to song. His tone was almost identical to the studio version. Some of the newer songs burned slowly and took longer to sink in than the more structured and pounding tracks from other albums, but the audience seemed to eat it all up. A fairly impressive light show accompanied the band's dark, moody tunes.
Interpol's sound is well suited for a large faction of music fans. In Charleston, they proved to have a loyal base willing to follow them into any future sound they choose.