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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Interpol

Posted by Amoebite, January 8, 2019 05:33pm | Post a Comment

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We kicked off 2019 and our first What's In My Bag? episode of Season 12 with New York indie legends Interpol! The trio went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and chatted with us about some of their favorite records and movies, including Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Apparently the 19th century naval adventure/drama made such an impression on lead vocalist Paul Banks that he maybe, possibly got a tattoo inspired by the film. All three members had a lot of heartfelt and entertaining things to say about their eclectic picks, which ranged from Bad Brains to Roy Orbison and from Aphex Twin to Jesu.

The quintessential NYC indie band, Interpol consists of vocalist/guitarist Banks, guitarist/backing vocalist Daniel Kessler, and drummer Sam Fogarino. Initially formed in 1997, the group self-released Interpol - Marauder - Amoeba Musica series of EPs, and after a brief UK tour in 2001, performed on John Peel's BBC Radio program. Around this time, the band signed to Matador, who released their self-titled EP prior to the release of the critically-acclaimed, career-making 2002 full-length Turn on the Bright Lights. Interpol's sophomore LP, Antics, was released in 2004, reaching gold status on both the US and UK charts and earning them slots performing with the likes of U2 and The Cure. By 2007, the band had signed to major label Columbia for the release of their third LP, Our Love to Admire.

In 2010, Interpol released a self-titled LP and signed on to support U2 on their 360° Tour. Four years later, the band were at work on their fifth studio album, El Pintor, and set to embark on a world tour. In honor of the fifteenth anniversary of Turn on the Bright Lights in 2017, Interpol announced a string of concerts date in which they'd play the entire album in its entirety. In summer 2018, the band released Marauder, their sixth studio LP, via Matador Records.

Daniel Kessler started off the episode with the self-titled album from his hometown heroes, Bad Brains. "This is the record that really reeled me in," he said, "and to this day I think it's one of the best hardcore records ever." Sam Fogarino took a chance on Die Warzau's Disco Rigido LP, hoping it was a particular "relentless dance track" he heard on the radio in the 1980s but had been unable to find since then. Paul Banks also found an LP he wasn't expecting to see: John Frusciante's Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-Shirt. Calling it "one of the most influential records" in his life, Banks described the album as a combination of "pretty structured songs and then some of it is really surrealistic soundscapes and noise stuff."

But which cult '70s film inspired Daniel Kessler to reflect on Martin Sheen's very unique way of putting on a coat? And what album was Paul Banks listening to during Interpol's first tour? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Interpol - What's In My Bag?
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