Interpol's Concert at Marquee Theatre Was Fine, But Way Too Short

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All photos by Melissa Fossum
Interpol played a too-brief set at Marquee Theatre last night. Full slideshow here.

Your favorite band played for only an hour. Not an hour and 15 minutes. The big hand went around the clock just once. No further.

The content of the show review below won't matter to anyone who saw Interpol at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe in person. You left that show angry and ripped off because you spent $40 for admission and $30 more on merchandise and drinks to watch a pretentious band from Brooklyn that was relevant 10 years ago play for one hour when they have five albums to draw material from. You should be mad. It was obvious from the bewildered looks on your faces when the house lights went up. You glanced at your iPhones and you raised your hands and screamed and swore at anyone who would listen.

See also: Interpol's Fourth Full-Length Feels Flat

We've put in an email inquiring for the reason for the short show; we'll update if we hear anything back.

The popular indie group can't afford to have you leaving a show this way. Interpol hasn't released new material in four years due to a prolonged hiatus. Their bassist, Carlos D, left the group to pursue a career scoring films, and the band went back to their indie label. In 2012, the band released a 10-year anniversary reissue of its debut album, the true warning sign of a band trying to use nostalgia to make themselves relevant.

Interpol walked on stage clad in black and aroused the crowd with their very presence. As the opening riff from "Say Hello to Angels" was played, the frenzy began. When they played the song "Evil" from their second album Antics, you could almost make out a weak smile on lead singer/guitarist Paul Banks' face. Their music has always been a dour affair, eliciting comparisons to Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen. Tonight, they played like giddy schoolboys opening for The Cure on a late '80s tour.

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There were some stumbles along the way. Things seemed off as the band quietly began the first verse of their signature hit "NYC," but they rallied quickly as the guitars built to tell the story of messy pavements and New York kids. Banks took over bass duties for Carlos Dengler (aka Carlos D) on the albums, which means bass and some guitar duties are left to a rotating cast of musicians. The new songs the band played from their forthcoming album El Pintor, particularly "My Desire," seemed to drone on a bit. The song wasn't enthusiastically played, but showed promise that the band is moving forward in a good direction.

It seems odd to lament the loss of a bassist in a band, but when fans had been led to believe that Carlos D played such an integral part in the songwriting and aesthetic of the band you have to wonder how the group would adjust. It's safe to say Interpol is going to be fine, maybe even a little better than they were before. Banks and the crew seem determined to make it work, and it's clear the band could have a few years of relevance left in them if they realize people are paying for an experience that last more than 60 minutes.

The first set closed with a rousing rendition of "PDA," which gave hope to the crowd that more songs from the first two Interpol albums were coming. Then the band left the stage played a two-song encore that consisted of "Lights" and the hit "Slow Hands." Banks told the crowd they were beautiful and the lights went up. Then the quiet revolt began as audience marched to the parking lot, some pleased and many disappointed.

See next page for set list and Critic's Notebook.



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73 comments
Derek Santa Cruz
Derek Santa Cruz

Three hours of them would had been to short! I could listen to these guys play for hours!

Curt Wieden
Curt Wieden

Considering that outrageously successful artists who are individually much older than Interpol and have 30+ year careers and extensive catalogs to pull from are out there playing 3+ hour shows when they really don't have to, Interpol should be ashamed of themselves.

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

They would have to pay me $40 to be subjected to the atrocious noise that is Interpol.

Caroline Porter
Caroline Porter

No, and I'd stop complaining because hey, you got to see Interpol LIVE! Also, I have to to add that maybe you just had a bad spot in the Marquee, because I was right in front of Daniel Kessler and they all looked so happy to be playing again and have fans singing along. It was a fantastic show!

Miz Holly Lindblom
Miz Holly Lindblom

I drove from Los Angeles. I think they were great!! I'd do it again in a heart beat. #swoonbabystarrynights

Tim Ricks
Tim Ricks

Yep. Just got home. Good show. Only an hour, but they also didn't talk for 5 minutes between each song either.

Daanon DeCock
Daanon DeCock

According to Setlist.fm they played 14 songs. The most they've played on any recent show is 16 songs. The one song they didn't play which they have played on some other recent shows that was sorely missing from the set was Obstacle 1. I think they played 7 songs off of Antics, 5 off of Turn on the Bright Lights, 1 off of Interpol, and 1 song from the new album. For somebody who missed seeing them earlier in their career it was a pretty good setlist. Honestly if they had played Obstacle 1 and Public Pervert, I don't think it could have been much better song selection. Opener was De Lux. I missed them.

Josh Skora
Josh Skora

Like the article said, a pretentious hipster band from Brooklyn who was relevant 10 years ago. Pretty spot on in my opinion...

benjismith
benjismith

If you check out their set lists it was about equal what they've been doing lately, think we missed out on a song. Sound was a lot better than in 2011, horrid mixing that night.

Morgan McMeel
Morgan McMeel

Saw them in Chicago they killed. Played for an hour n twenty or so.

Till Anne
Till Anne

60 to 75 minutes plus an encore is average. I go to a lot of concerts and that's what is typical. Several have played longer Steve Earle played for over 2 hours without a break ... That was the longest show that I can remember. I don't think the cost is related to the length of the show (and I wouldn't expect it to be).

Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond

Was expecting at least 2 hours. They have plenty of enough material to cover 2 hours, I was pretty bummed when it was over

Frank Gonzalez
Frank Gonzalez

Of course more Interpol would have been better. It was still a good show.

Crystal Hart
Crystal Hart

Hey, my friend Nat here paid and I could've felt her pain, but I had a feeling and chose to get dat homie hookup = )

Kyle Dehn
Kyle Dehn

Crystal Hart YEAH YOU MUST'VE REALLY GOTTEN RIPPED OFF FOR THAT $80 YOU SPENT

Jesus Delgado
Jesus Delgado

No way and I really wanted to go but $44 was a little to much for one band.

Joe Wells
Joe Wells

I thought $40/show was the standard for any touring band? I can't think of the last time I've been able to afford the ticket (w/ fees) AND a beer at a show.

Troy Heesch
Troy Heesch

So you're bitching... Because it was an hour long concert...

Joshua Leon
Joshua Leon

I mean yeah they could've played more but it was a lot of fun. :)

Rachael Kowalski-Millan
Rachael Kowalski-Millan

I will it was surprising short, but then again it was $40... if it was $80, that would be a different story...

Rick Madrid
Rick Madrid

Don't worry they will delete your comment. They did mine

Mario Sanchez Munoz
Mario Sanchez Munoz

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Rick Madrid
Rick Madrid

Now they are playing it off like "it was on purpose"

Jaclyn Bannon
Jaclyn Bannon

Do you think Interpol played *too short of a set *to charge fans $40. If you want to be taken seriously as a news outlet, start with basic grammar...

Anna Funkhouser
Anna Funkhouser

Obstacle 1 and Stella would of been nice. I blame sucky marquee.

Della Knust
Della Knust

I love that the "edited" headline still isn't correct.

Chenn Forajido
Chenn Forajido

Pricey yeah, but I kinda was there just to listen to their latest stuff. They havent released anything "good" for almost 8 years. So...

Rick Madrid
Rick Madrid

Wow! They delete my comment about them not knowing the difference between to and too.

Neil A Jablon
Neil A Jablon

No "Obstacle 1' was a letdown. They were ok.

Aubrey Collins
Aubrey Collins

That was REALLY bothering me! Thank goodness someone else saw it too

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