Photos, LIVE Review: Interpol @ Academy, Sheffield

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Dylan Smith

11th July 2008
At 15:36 GMT

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Playing mostly to large-scale festivals this year, this one-off appearance in Sheffield was a definite crowd pleaser for true Interpol fans.

Fans the length and breadth of the United Kingdom gathered in the South Yorkshire rain for up to an hour in advance to lock their hands around a ticket to this keenly anticipated gig.

Those lucky enough to manage the task were first greeted by Ladytron, self-proclaimed pioneers of the new wave electro-rock movement. They proceeded to warm the ears of the audience with an overdose of synthetic drones, tempered by the emotive wails of Helen Marnie. The latter being further highlighted by technicians cradling mountains of synthesizers to vacate the stage for the New York heroes, Interpol.

After an excessive amount of time... Interpol finally surfaced to face the army of fans. All was soon forgiven, however, by their opening the set with 'Pioneer to the falls', which was promptly followed-up by 'Slow hands', a sure delight to all in attendance.

The four-piece continued their set by creating an abundance of atmospheric gems, playing classic foot-stompers as well as slower tracks from "Our love to Admire".

A notable highlight of the gig was Kessler's dramatic performance of 'The Lighthouse', accompanied by the ever-so-slightly eerie vocals of lead singer, Paul Banks, defining a stronger, more matured side to the band.

Interpol were obviously intent on impressing with their audial performance and it was hard to ignore the fact that the boys were incredibly subdued, managing to disappoint in stimulating anything in the realm of the visual cortex. Still, it never hurt My Bloody Valentine did it.

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