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Interpol About to Arrest San Diego



    The internationally acclaimed New Yorkers of Interpol will stop by Soma on Oct. 21.

    Back in 2002, the then-little-known band named quietly released its debut LP, Turn on the Bright Lights. With hipsterism in its infancy and the real world closing in on college students everywhere, the band's '80s/Joy Division aesthetic made the them an instant indie success.

    On Sept. 7 of this year, the band released its self-titled fourth album, making it clear that eight years after their debut, Interpol still have what it takes to make you turn your gaze shoeward. To add menacing to the melancholy, producer Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, the Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) centralized the band's rhythm section, adding black metal to Interpol's list of comparisons.

    After the new record's release, the band and controversial bassist Carlos D parted ways (some say he embarked on a quest to find a last name), leaving behind the core trio of Paul Banks (vocals, guitar), Daniel Kessler (guitar) and Sam Fogarino (drums), as well as touring members Dave Pajo (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines).

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    Interpol will bring their new lineup to Soma on Thursday. Though the sold-out, all-ages show will cover their entire discography, the new album should translate very well to the live setting. Fellow New Yorkers White Rabbits (no relation to Frightened Rabbit) will open.

    T. Loper is a writer and photographer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.