The somber, black-clad fellows of Interpol don’t seem like the types to hang by the pool in Las Vegas. But they brought more than one type of East Coast cool with them, as the post-post-punk trio’s soaring anthems floated on chilly-for-April breezes.
The band opened with “Say Hello to the Angels,” with pulsating bass, skittering guitars and Paul Banks’ baritone croon in full effect. Interpol’s set drew from their five albums, but leaned most heavily on their debut, Turn on the Bright Lights and their latest, last year’s El Pintor. Drummer Sam Fogarino powered the trio throughout the set, doing some especially fierce work on a rocked-out, red-light-blasted rendition of “Not Even Jail,” while the stripped-down mournfulness of “Pioneer to the Falls” gave guitarist Daniel Kessler room to let loose with ethereal, ringing guitar lines. Members of the audience huddled in their hoodies and clutched $16 Miller tallboys as they sang along to the plaintive opening lines of “Evil”: Music may warm the soul, but it doesn’t do a whole lot for the night air. ★★★✩✩
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