Written by Amber Ramsay
Photographs by Chris Langenberg
We arrived at the Sydney Opera House feeling giddy, pinching ourselves that we were about to see Interpol live in one of Australia's most beautiful venues. That same feeling was in the air when we found our seats and observed the crowd who seemed equally as excited, waiting impatiently with eyes locked on the stage. There were no support bands, which for this particular show only, made me selfishly happy that I would be getting a big dose of Interpol.
The band made their way onto the stage waving and the bare guitar riff of Pioneer to The Falls kicked off the set while the crowd went silent. Paul Bank's vocals joined and felt particularly raw and exposed with such a silent and extremely large room. Bank's voice showed no flaws and eventually melded into an explosion with the rest of the band. Flashes of red and black hit the room as a sea of heads in seats were undeniably rocking out to the next set of upbeat tracks. When tracks from Turn On The Bright Lights had arrived, the room seemed both emotional and obsessed. NYC was the highlight of the show, where the band's presence and the lighting within the theatre as well as the crowd, came together in a moment. I had tears in my eyes for the second time no less, and every person in the room was singing along. The now blue lighting was paired with beams of white that reflected off of large disco balls on the stage. Daniel Kessler's guitar skills really shined here and also found him surprisingly still alike the rest of the band, following some very sophisticated and energetic movement from the guitarist which seemed like a very new thing for an Interpol live show. I can only describe it as jumpy foot tricks, but done in a very cool way. The band dressed in all black suits and slicked back hair felt genuinely appreciative of the crowds enthusiasm and of the venue too.
Following the freshly released studio album Marauder, the band seemed eager playing tracks such as The Rover, Complications and If You Really Love Nothing and unsurprisingly people began filling the edges of the theatre abandoning their seats to dance along to the band's biggest hits. Number 10 really showcased drummer Sam Fogarino's effortless strikes and stamina. Everyone was dancing on the edge of their seats to All the Rage Back Home, and then suddenly everyone in the room was standing and yelling the words to Slow Hands. Another huge moment. This felt no where near the end of the night however we found the band leaving the stage. The very highly anticipated encore was bound to happen, yet no one held back from stomping on the floor and cheering as loud as they could. Their encore entailed of 2004 Antics' bangers Evil and Not Even Jail and the set concluded with Obstacle 1. I could not have been more fulfilled at this point, as this is hands down the best song in the world (it's a fact look it up) and yeah I cried again (a lot). The room continued standing and fidgeting.
The feeling as we all left the concert hall and walked out into a cold rainy setting along the Sydney Harbour, was like waking up after a nap and you don’t know the time or date. We all seemed to have this lost feeling of 'what just happened' as well as this excited energy and happiness. After so many years as a band, Interpol have really nailed their live show and this one was truly a prime showcase of their vast discography and maturity as musicians.