Album Reviews: Antics by InterpolEverything old is new again. When I first played Interpol’s second (superior) disc, my wife said, “What is this '80s band?” When she heard it a week later she said, “This is good.”
Yes, Interpol has suffered the Joy Division comparison. With their first album, Turn on the Bright Lights, everyone was saying Ian Curtis had returned. But Paul Banks' vocals bear an even more uncanny resemblance to the lead singer of the obscure Kitchens of Distinction. The first time I heard them, I was left wondering (hoping) if K.o.D. had actually formed a new band. Interpol sounds even more like Kitchens of Distinction on their sophomore album Antics. And that’s just the bolt of lightning their dark clouds needed.
Are bands echoing the sounds of the Reagan era to reflect the current political climate of W? With all the doom and gloom about in this seemingly '80s-like time, it’s a jolt to hear a band improve its mood on its latest release. And forget the hype of the first record; Antics is the goods. What elevates this Interpol from another cloudy day is the rhythmic bass and dancing drums given room to breathe on songs like “Public Pervert” and “Not Even Jail.” Antics is one of the better albums of the year, proving that Interpol is not a flash in the pan, but a full force storm bringing much-needed rain. - Jeff Kamin
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