With the thick smoke and dim lighting setting the mood you could easily mistake Interpol as a band from Birmingham as their music makes Joy Division sound like a beach party. For 14 years this New York based post-punk revivalist band has been making heavy, fuzzy music that draws a respectable audience and on Thursday they brought their dark musical clouds to the Austin Music Hall. Paul Banks, head shorn of the long locks of previous years, provided the appropriate brooding frontman mystique as clouds of machine generated fog swirled around and enveloped him at the rest of the band. It was a good set, though not particularly uplifting, and fans of the band got their moneys worth. Opening for Interpol was School of Seven Bells, a band from New York formed from musicians, including Benjamin Curtis of Secret Machines, that met opening for Interpol on a previous tour.
Interpol has got a few more tour dates left before they jump the pond for a European tour at the end of May. They'll be touring the states again in July. For upcoming tour dates check out Interpol's web site at http://www.interpolnyc.com