Interview With Sam For A Brazillian Website
Posted 20 October 2011 - 08:51 PM
With a new album and a new bassist, Interpol plays in Sao Paulo.
This isn't the first time Interpol comes to Brazil. But the band that played in Rio in 2008 returns with many differences: a new album, another bassist and a very different singer, who said a "see you later" to his dark side and awakened his skills as a sportsman.
"We're still living in USA, except for Paul (Banks), who has spent a lot of time surfing in Panama", laughs drummer Sam Fogarino.
The group, which won't play in Rio this time, will perform in Sao Paulo on November 5th - for thousands of people at the Planeta Terra Festival - and on November 6th on an intimate concert at Clash Club. Why not coming to Rio?
"That's an excellent question. I'd also like to know why we're not going to Rio. We obviously loved to play there", says the drummer, mentioning the concert at Fundição Progresso 3 years ago, where they had to avoid the rain that flooded the stage.
The concert has musicians in suits and with a distant thought, with their eyes focused on the emptiness. But the members ensure that the depressive aura is part of their personalities. Paul Banks, who writes most of the songs, doesn't hide from anyone that he suffers for love and that he passes through existential crisis, something that Fogarino confirms.
"Personally, I don't have a dark cloud above my head. And I don't talk only about pessimistics subjects. But we like to bring up certain themes deeper. Melancholy is part of anyone's life. Some people ignore it, some people think about it. Paul is sensitive enough to talk about relationships and ordinary situations. It's not part of our lives to go to parties. We're quieter and this gets reflected in our music".
Besides so many differences in such a short period of time, the drummer ensures that the essence of Interpol is still the same. For him, contemporary bands like Coldplay and Snow Patrol went towards a dancey style.
"I noticed that some bands that started with us at the same time and with similar styles are going towards other styles. They escaped to dancey styles. It's curious to know that specific groups became parties' themes. But we don't reject certain styles, because sometimes it sounds good, and this happens naturally".
Dancey or not, we can't say that Interpol's sound is the same of their first EP, released in 2000. The bass, which has always been a poignant instrument in their songs, doesn't have the same owner anymore.
"Carlos began to lost his identity as a part of the band. He's a very sophisticated and profound musician and he wanted to deal with other styles. Before he left, there was a lot of talk and effort".
The fourth and more recent album is called "Interpol", maybe a way to ensure that the group still has the same characteristics that fascinated their fans, besides the changes. Besides the change on the lineup, the group decided to leave their old record company Capitol and return to Matador, an indie label.
"We have this basic rule of doing whatever we wanna do. To have freedom is crucial. We play indie rock and we wanna stay in this business", says Fogarino, who also reveals some of the songs the group will play in Sao Paulo: Obstacle 1, Slow Hands and Success.
Other songs, never released officially, might be played as well. The drummer explains that the history of Interpol is marked by songs that became a hit amongst fans, even though they're not part of an album:
"Songs like Specialist didn't fit in what we wanted to show with an album, but it looks like fans don't agree with us, it is requested a lot".
Posted 20 October 2011 - 11:22 PM
:( Fundição progresso and rain explain everything!of course the bat flying was the icing on the cake, right Paul?
:ph34r: ohh no...they have intensive eyes!
yes, Mr.Unpaid Intern,the new bassist is BRAD TRUAX and where is he?I noticed he wasn't mentioned. -_-
welcome back guys! \o/
Posted 21 October 2011 - 03:13 AM
;) ;) Thanks for posting and translating Hazey hope you get to hear it in few weeks when they play B)