Interpol is an American indie rock and post-punk revival band from New York City. Formed in 1997, the band’s original line-up consisted of Paul Banks (vocals, guitar), Daniel Kessler (guitar, vocals), Carlos Dengler (bass guitar, keyboards) and Greg Drudy (drums, percussion). Drudy left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Sam Fogarino. In 2010, shortly after recording finished for the band’s fourth album, Dengler left to pursue personal projects. The band regrouped for their fifth record, El Pintor, released in fall 2014.
Interpol, having first performed at Luna Lounge along with other notable bands like The Strokes, Longwave, The National and Stellastarr*, is one of the bands associated with the New York City indie music scene, and was one of several groups that emerged out of the post-punk revival of the 2000s. The band’s sound is generally a mix of staccato bass and rhythmic, harmonized guitar, with a snare heavy mix, drawing comparisons to post-punk bands such as Joy Division and The Chameleons.
Aside from the lyrics, their songwriting method includes all of the band members, rather than relying on any given chief songwriter.