Photos by G.
Los Angeles really showed a New York City boy how to have a great time on September 7, 2010. I woke up in the morning with my Los Angeles vacation starting to draw to a close and I found out that Interpol was doing a secret show in the parking lot of Space 15Twenty, an outdoor shopping space that houses Urban Outfitters and some other complimentary stores, located a block away from Amoeba Music in Hollywood (one of my favorite places on earth), to celebrate the release of their 4th album “Interpol.” My awesome New York luck knows no boundaries as I arrived at the venue and was fortunate enough to watch the band rehearsing. After the rehearsal, I met lead singer Paul Banks (and he was super cool – more on that encounter coming soon – so stay tuned). The people I met in line and at the show were also very cool and by the end of the night, we were all glowing from the amazing experience we all shared. I’d estimate that about 300 people were at this extremely intimate show and it was definitely the hottest ticket in town.
The band took the stage at 7 pm sharp and played for just over an hour. The weather was literally one of those perfect Southern California weather days that the rest of the world is extremely jealous of. When the band started, the sun had just begun to set and it got progressively darker as the night got progressively more fun. Paul Banks and company played songs from each album including hits such as “Narc,” “Not Even Jail,” “Slow Hands” and newer songs such as “Barricade” and “Try it On.” It was interesting for me to see Interpol, a New York band, in my former city, Los Angeles. Both�of�my mistresses were representing tonight and they both gave me a perfect night. This is my second time seeing Interpol, the first being on a loading dock in New York and I have to say, the more I see them, the more in love I fall. On the way home, I listened to their new album, and though it’s a bit more mellow than I am used to, I am liking it a lot.
See more pictures and the setlist after the jump.