Governors Ball 2014: Interpol Aces Hometown Set, Plays New Songs (Video)

Interpol might seem a little too cool for school with their fancy suits and ties, but Paul Banks and company weren't shy about expressing their adoration for their hometown crowd. During the evening set, Banks repeatedly mentioned how great it was to be playing back home for the first time in a while and even offered little salutes like “Wow, you all really rocked that one" after a rousing performance of "Slow Hands" had the crowd bopping along.


With a new album on the way (“El Pintor,” due Sept. 9 via Matador), Interpol played three new songs -- “My Desire,” “Anywhere” and “All The Rage Back Home.” “My Desire” was a particular winner, swaggering along with an expansive, rhythmic groove and some intricate guitar work from Daniel Kessler. Though Interpol's previous studio effort -- 2010’s self-titled -- was met with a lukewarm reception, a rebound could certainly be in the cards.

In the end, though, the Interpol classics stole the show. "Evil" and "Say Hello to the Angels" were brought out early, moody hometown ode "NYC" was a middle-of-the-set highlight and "Obstacle 1" capped off a well-deserved encore. By the time Interpol returned to the stage to chants of "One more song," dusk had fully settled in to create an ideal backdrop for a few more brooding post-punk songs. Aside from "Obstacle 1," "Lights" and "Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down" were also included in the encore.

Billboard's Governors Ball 2014 Video


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