Tuesday night saw a once in a lifetime event take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City: Interpol played an album release gig amongst the ruins of the Temple of Dendur. In collaboration with a celebration of the museum's new app, which as of that evening was in the top five most downloaded apps in Apple's App Store, the band came together with Spectrum to put on the classy event. "I feel like an archaeologist," remarked frontman Paul Banks from stage, looking around mesmerized by the surroundings.
The evening began with a wine and beer reception, seeing the throngs of Interpol fans file in, all donning black. In the App Demo Lounge, museum staff chatted about the application. Interpol took the stage around 9 pm, and in a rare occurrence these days had no opening act. The band performed an excellent compilation of both old favorites from their now decade-old repertoire, and selections from the pending 'El Pintor' set for release on September 9th. The set was well received, with fans even breaking out in a bit of a dance for such favorites as the encore's lone selection "NYC."
Interpol will make their way over to the Bowery Ballroom for another show tonight, and will be on a full headlining tour come late fall. Be sure to download the Met app, and preorder 'El Pintor' out Tuesday on Matador Records.
Untitled (first time since November 2011)
Length of Love
All the Rage Back Home
Take You on a Cruise
The Lighthouse (first time since May 2011)
Same Town, New Story
Not Even Jail
Say Hello to the Angels