Record #209: Interpol – Turn On the Bright Lights (2002)

Back in the early aughts,a bunch of bands said, “you know what? Joy Division was really good” and decided to bring post punk back. This was an excellent decision.
Turn on the Bright Lights stands as probably the best testament to that. This record is a definite classic, attached to its moment in time (post 911 New York), yet timeless.

Paul Banks’ vocals harken back to the post punk and new wave of the 80s while guitars and drums chop with frantic efficiency alongside some of the best bass lines ever composed. 

From the opening guitar tremolos to the reverb that rings out at the end of “Leif Erickson,” TOTBL is a perfect statement, and one that would haunt the band for the rest of their career.

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