When we last left our black-clad heroes in Interpol, they were making the rounds on the summer festival circuit (presumably sweating a great deal in the process), lining up a fall headlining tour and talking about the video plans for their new single, "Narc," for which they had none.
Though the band's plan to avoid making a clip for "Narc" still holds true (see "Interpol Too Weary To Make Video For 'Narc' "), it's not because the guys don't like the song. According to drummer Sam Fogarino, they flat out love it.
"We were always personally attached to 'Narc,' because it signifies a growth period for the band. When we wrote it, we were stumbling onto something new," he said. "I always thought it had mass-appeal potential. I had this fantasy of it crossing over and African-American girls dancing to it."
It turns out that the lack of a video can pretty much be summed up in one sentence: Interpol hate being in music videos.
"It was great to do the 'Evil' video, because we weren't in it," Fogarino said (see "Interpol's 'Evil' Is More Like 'Creepy': Lens Recap"). "I just don't enjoy the process at all. You're not making music, you're sitting around syncing up to your own music, and listening to it over and over again. So you start to lose focus, and after the 80th take, I'm like, 'Get me out of here!' "
So, to sum up, videos that feature eerily lifelike puppets and absolutely no Interpol members: good. Everything else: bad. But now that the band's second album, Antics, has been on shelves since September, and the group has begun working on a new album in earnest, what does the above equation mean for future Interpol singles? Will they, too, go video-less?
"We'll probably just turn around and make some Super 8 [film format] art project for ourselves or some DVD," Fogarino said. "I guess we just don't fit into a format, which is fair enough. But all that's a long ways away."
Fogarino said the band plans to finish touring behind Antics in October — following one more just-announced jaunt around North America. They'll return home to New York for a few months of rest and relaxation, but by the end of the year they'll get back into the rehearsal space and start hammering out new songs, in the same cramped style they've grown accustomed to over the years.
"After a few months off from being Interpol, we'll get back into a tiny room and all face each other. That process hasn't changed," Fogarino said. "We've gotten bigger, but we still write songs the same way — just in a small space, no fancy recording gear. It's how we do it. It's what we know."
Interpol tour dates, according to Matador Records:
- 9/5 - Mexico City, Mexico @ WTC
- 9/6 - Mexico City, Mexico @ WTC
- 9/7 - Guadalajara, Mexico @ Foro Alterno
- 9/9 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Center
- 9/10 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
- 9/11 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
- 9/12 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
- 9/14 - Davis, CA @ Freeborn Hall
- 9/15 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic Auditorium
- 9/17 - Peoria, AZ @ Peoria Sports Complex
- 9/19 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel
- 9/20 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
- 9/23 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
- 9/24 - Champaign, IL @ Assembly Hall
- 9/25 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
- 9/26 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
- 9/28 - Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
- 9/29 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
- 9/30 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre