NOW PLAYING: Interpol, ‘Turn On the Bright Lights’

The Artist/Album: Interpol, Turn On the Bright Lights (Matador, 2002)

A Short Review: While the Strokes channeled the scuffed Chucks of the Ramones and the Lower East Side lashings of the Velvet Underground and Television, Interpol represented early ’00s New York like a gloomy gang of reservoir droogs. Despite being nearly a decade old, the band’s debut still sounds as stylized as their bespoke suits, from Paul Banks’ bleak baritone to Carlos D’s sinewy basslines. It’s enough to make you miss the halcyon days of MisShapes and Motherfucker–back when the nights were long and the village wasn’t overrun with bridge and tunnel-dwelling yahoos.

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