It was the dawn of the download era, where the idea of an album “leaking” online was still shocking to me. Where stealing a single song could take hours, and a whole album could take the weekend. Release dates were sacred days that you marked in your diary. You counted down like a kid waiting for Christmas.
September 27 2004. I still remember the date. I had never been so excited about an album release before. I don’t think I’ll ever get to be excited like that again.
I fell in love with Interpol when I heard Obstacle 1 on a morning music video show. It slogged me in the chest and dragged me down with it. I still get a beautiful sinking feeling inside whenever I hear it. But it actually took me a while to embrace the whole of Turn on the Bright Lights. It was too different to my naive ears, too stark and distant. I remember the moment when everything clicked though. I was listening to it on a discman in the back seat of the car, going to visit my grandmother. It was a revelation.
A few years later I was driving home from school with my sister in her little Suzuki, struggling to make it up the hill with a full load of kids and a mountain of schoolbags. A song came on the radio, a song I’d never heard before. I knew that voice, I knew that bass. It was Interpol. They were coming back.
They released snippets of each song every day on their website. I listened to each tantalizing taste over and over, trying to imagine what the whole songs would sound like. I could have downloaded the leak but it would have felt like a betrayal. I needed to hold that CD in my hands, flip through the booklet, memorize the lyrics.
The wait was worth it. Antics was perfect.
Now, my CDs are in a box in the garage and I haven’t bough a new one in years. Sometimes, if an album is really special, I’ll buy it on vinyl. Otherwise I download them in one way or another. I don’t have to count down to release dates any more or save my pocket money. So much has changed.
Interpol have never been able to surpass those first two albums. I know they will never blow me away again like they did back then, but they will always hold a special place in my heart.
You see, it was because of Interpol that I found the love of my life. It was all because of them. I owe them everything.
So thank you, Interpol, for all the love.
oh so swoon baby starry nights