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Interpol deliver a performance worthy of a stadium at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange

The New York indie veterans stylishly rock Scotland's Capital.


It’s been a busy spell for Edinburgh when it comes to gigs recently. Beyonce, Harry Styles and Bruce Springsteen had all rolled into Scotland's capital and made it the centre of a musical universe, bringing with them hundreds of thousands of concertgoers in the process.


It's not all about those massive outdoor events at Murrayfield. It's easy to forget that there's other bands rocking up to dazzle us all with their talent.


Thankfully there's nothing forgettable about Interpol.


They're the post-punk New York outfit who've soundtracked everything from a million indie discos to THAT kiss between Joey and Rachel in Friends. And they've done so with an air of mystique and a hurricane of cool.


Paul Banks and co do things their own way. They were originally set to play the Queens Hall on the other side of Auld Reekie but the O2 was used when tickets sold out at a rapid speed. The fact that it was a tour for an album The Other Side Of Make-Believe released last year didn't matter. Not to the fans who packed into the former abattoirs' sweaty interiors.


The group took to the stage sometime after 9pm, looking as if they'd come from the pages of a copy of GQ magazine from the nearby Asda.


Thank you very much Edinboro,” said singer Banks, as slick as his combed back hair, before the band opened with 'Toni' from the last album.


There wasn't a fancy stage show or props. Instead it was the band silhouetted by menacing lights and comfortable in the shadows.


Banks introduced 'Into The Night' as a new song almost as an apology which does the track a major disservice. Yet it's Interpol's most famous song that changed the atmosphere.

'Evil' from Antics, isn't just their best track, it's one of the greatest slabs of indie music ever. The song, inspired by serial killers Fred and Rose West, still mesmerises years after it's release. As a live spectacle it's pretty much worth the price of admission alone.


The band used the crowds adulation as fuel for the rest of the gig. 'Pioneer To The Falls' hits a chorus that made the audience throw their arms up in union. 'Rest My Chemistry' demonstrated the LOUD quiet LOUD style atoned to The Pixies in perfect fashion.


'Passenger' not only changes the tone with it's pace but also surprises the crowd when Banks revealed he actually wrote the song in the local area of Bruntsfield. Let's face it, you didn't get that kind of revelation at a Beyonce, Styles or Springsteen concert.


Another song, this time 'PDA' from their most recent release is the epitaph of their sound. The teasing building up is like an instrument foreplay session that left the crowd wanting more.


"That's all we got" fibbed Banks as they left the stage only to return for the encore.


There's often been a sexual undertone to the group which they demonstrated on 'No I In Threesome.' Then well into the night when the crowd were tiring their found their voice and energy with the ironically titles 'Slow Hands.'


And the band were away for good this time. No "One More Tunes", just the memory of a performance worthy of a stadium.


Who knows what the future holds for Interpol. They're prone to side projects and hiatuses and they very much do things their own way. But when it's a way as stylish as this then it's well worth the wait.

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