INTERPOL CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF TURN ON THE BRIGHT LIGHTS BY RELEASING FAN FAVOURITE RARITY, THE BLACK EP
August 18, 2022
On August 20th, Interpol’s canonical debut album Turn On The Bright Lights turns 20. To commemorate this moment, the band today make the fan-favorite and TOTBL companion The Black EP available on digital platforms for the first time.
Originally released on August 26th, 2003, as a limited-edition CD, the long out of print The Black EP features the studio version of ‘Say Hello To The Angels’, a demo of ‘NYC’ and four TOTBL-era songs recorded live in session for Radio France in 2002, including fabled non-album bonus track ‘Specialist’. Listen HERE.
Accompanying the release is a 2002 short documentary on the band. Hitherto lost in the annals of 144p YouTube rips, the 13-minute clip is brought to glorious hi-res restoration, featuring interviews with the band as well as snippets of performances of ‘PDA’, ‘NYC’, ‘Untitled’ and ‘Stella was a diver and she was always down’. WatchHERE.
Last month, Interpol released their seventh album The Other Side Of Make-Believe.
“[Make-Believe] may be Interpol’s most accomplished record since their early run of classics,” said The Ringer. “The Other Side of Make-Believe maintains the charm and intrigue that made Interpol indie darlings 20 years ago, but it also finds the band aging gracefully,” wrote SPIN.“There’s something quietly masterful about The Other Side Of Make-Believe,” said MOJO. NME called it “a confident, rewarding and subtly adventurous new chapter for Interpol”. The Sunday Times noted the songs “possess a strange, desolate beauty”, while Clash said, “The Other Side Of Make-Believe’ (…) could well represent the New York band’s finest music since their debut album”.
Interpol embarks on a US tour with special guests Spoon on August 25th followed by a South American package with Arctic Monkeys, and festival dates in November. A full list of upcoming can be found below.