PICS: Interpol, the Kills at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre

Turn on the bright lights: Interpol and the Kills administered a double dose of euphoric rock & roll medicine to SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre recently.

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The Oct. 5 show was Interpol's first time back in town since their 2015 sold-out performance at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. Needless to say, area fans were ready! (Frontman Paul Banks pictured)
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Currently on tour in support of their just-released sixth studio album, "Marauder," the post-punk band was, as expected, firing on all cylinders.
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Consisting of long-time members Paul Banks (vocals/guitar), Daniel Kessler (guitar, pictured left), and Sam Fogarino (drums, pictured right), the group also has bassist Brad Truax and keyboardist Brandon Curtis (of Secret Machines) in the mix for their live shows.
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The band originally got their start in New York City in 1997 with founding members and bassist Carlos "Carlos D" Dengler. He would eventually depart the band in 2010 to pursue personal endeavors. (Banks pictured)
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Having first performed at NYC's Luna Lounge along with bands such as the Strokes, the National and Stellastarr, Interpol is one of the bands associated with the New York City indie-rock scene and one of several groups that emerged from the post-punk revival of the 2000s. (Fogarino pictured)
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The band's sound is generally a mix of staccato bass and rhythmic, harmonized guitar, with a snare-heavy mix -- drawing comparisons to post-punk bands such as Joy Division, Television, and the Chameleons. (Kessler pictured)
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The group's 2002 debut album "Turn on the Bright Lights" was critically acclaimed, making it to 10th position on the NME's list of top albums in 2002 and No. 1 on Pitchfork Media's Top 50 Albums of 2002. (Kessler pictured)
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Subsequent records "Antics" (2004) and "Our Love to Admire" (2007) brought greater critical and commercial success. The band released its fourth, self-titled album on Sept. 7, 2010. They went on hiatus from 2011 through 2012 while they focused on other projects.
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After reconvening, their fifth studio album "El Pintor" was released in 2014. Just last year, the band embarked on an anniversary tour for "Turn On the Bright Lights," performing the album live in its entirety. (Truax pictured)
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On Oct. 5, the band rolled through the following set: "Pioneer to the Falls," "If You Really Love Nothing," "Roland," "Public Pervert," "All the Rage Back Home"...
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Followed by "NYC," "The Rover," "Leif Erikson," "Not Even Jail," "Number 10," "Rest My Chemistry," "Slow Hands," "Take You on a Cruise," "NYSMAW," "Evil," "Lights," "Flight of Fancy," and "Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down."
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The Kills opened the show -- and they were incredible! (Frontwoman Alison Mossheart pictured right)
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The band was formed in 2000 by American singer Alison Mosshart (also known for fronting the Jack White band, the Dead Weather) and U.K. guitarist Jamie Hince (pictured).
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Their transatlantic partnership came about through a chance meeting while Mossheart's previous band, Discount, was on tour in England. They started sending each other demo tapes and eventually Mossheart moved to the U.K. to start the Kills in earnest with Hince.
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The Kills were known initially for their particularly lo-fi, garage-rock sound and post-punk influences. However, their sound has evolved and changed over the years. (Mossheart pictured)
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The group is signed to Domino records and their first four albums, "Keep On Your Mean Side," "No Wow," "Midnight Boom," and "Blood Pressures" all reached the U.K. album chart. "Ash & Ice," their fifth and most recent studio album was in 2016. (Hince pictured)
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The band performed the following set during the Oct. 5 show (according to setlist.fm): "Heart of a Dog," "U R A Fever," "Kissy Kissy," "Hard Habit to Break / Hand"... (Mossheart pictured)
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Followed by "Black Balloon," "Baby Says," "Doing It to Death," "List of Demands" (a Saul Williams cover) and "Pots and Pans / Monkey 23." What an amazing show -- we can't wait till both of these groups come back to San Diego!
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