Interpol Live @ Manchester Academy 1
Interpol with support from Franz Ferdinand And The Stills Manchester Academy 1. 27 August 2003.

Interpol

Support from Franz Ferdinand And The Stills

Manchester Academy 1.

27 August 2003.

The honour of promotion to the main Academy from a smaller venue bestowed upon New York garage rockers Interpol, provided a neat opportunity for The Smiths and Oasis influenced Montreal based quartet, The Stills to promote their debut EP ’Rememberese’ to a larger audience. Front man and Tim Fletcher was quiet but jovial throughout, with the tender ‘Still In Love Song’ getting the best reception impressing the audience.

There is a lot of big talk doing the rounds about kinetic rockers Franz Ferdinand being the future of music. Their infectious enthusiasm and range of influences from Intepol themselves to The Cure, Teenage Fan Club and The Hellacaopters. This was an assured performance by a band that is gaining fans with the momentum of a runaway freight train. Highlight track was ‘Take Me Out’ a poignant number featuring no nonsense lyrics:

Music - Interpol with support from Franz Ferdinand And The Stills Manchester Academy 1. 27 August 2003.
Music - Interpol with support from Franz Ferdinand And The Stills Manchester Academy 1. 27 August 2003.

‘I know I won't be leaving here with you.’

Snazzy dressing is usually the order of the day for Interpol and their fans with tonight being no exception. Unfortunately, the style over substance feeling to their set was difficult to avoid, as it lingered in the air throughout like the stench of a sewer. Their debut album ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ which is, for the most part, a mix between The Strokes, Joy Division and The Smiths was inevitably heavily utilised with ‘Stella was a diver and she was always down’ and ‘Obstacle 1’ went down well with the crowd. However, the highlight of set was bouncy Bside ‘The Specialist’ on the ‘PDA’ single, but this was a brief highlight with singer Carlos D being quite lifeless tonight. Maybe, it was just post Leeds/Reading festival hangover?

David Adair

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