Interpol’s sound is characterized by a mix of bass throb and choppy, sparse guitar. They have been compared to Joy Division, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Chameleons for their similarly stark, sombre sound and obtuse, abstract lyrics.
The band formed in 1998 when Daniel Kessler met drummer Greg Drudy, now a member of post-hardcore/screamo band Hot Cross, on the New York University campus. Kessler later added Carlos D. on the bass after meeting him in a history class. The line-up was complete after Kessler ran into Paul Banks, a friend whom he had met in Paris. In 2000, Sam Fogarino, whom the band knew through his job at a local record store, replaced Drudy.
The band released a new song, ‘Direction’, on the soundtrack of the television program ‘Six Feet Under’ on June 28, 2005. Shortly thereafter they left Matador for a major label.
Our Love to Admire was released on July 10, 2007 in the USA (July 9 UK) to generally favorable reviews. ‘The Heinrich Maneuver’ is its first single.
There was also a German band called Interpol, active in the late 60s and early 70s as part of the emerging Krautrock scene. They were associated with the famous early Krautrock band Floh de Cologne.