Interpol, Karen O, mystifying comments. Some things haven't changed for that one-time buzz band of dance punk Brooklyn, the same one that fled knowingly into the woods of New Jersey (New Jersey has woods?) for their sophomore effort and hasn't looked back since. It's the same band that released a third effort again heavily tinged by the nature of its surroundings, that time the demonic Kraut-rock conjured up in the cavernous east Berlin studios where Liars also recorded their upcoming self-titled LP.
In an interview with Sentimentalist, Angus Andrews insisted that the new album a) had his favorite record title thus far (Liars) and b) is their most accessible and least escapist release to date. You'll have to read the published article for more on his well-reasoned ramblings, but suffice it to say, to each his own. While the new album certainly contains long passages of recognizable structure, (replete with blues guitar hooks), Liars have perhaps passed a point of no return (that probably has something to do with New Jersey), and they'll never be quite as accessible as their first album, ever. Forever, ever.
They're touring with Interpol in September and October, and it's hard not to question the tone of Andrew's shimmering comments on the momentous circumstances:
“They're all really nice guys we share a lot in common with… We're super excited to play with them in venues like Madison Square Garden and The Forum in Los Angeles, as well as some states we've never been to like Florida and Idaho. Most of all, we hope it'll be a really great night out for fans of both bands.”
Nice guys aside, here's an analogy: Liars is to fleeing into the woods as Interpol is to wasting away downtown.
The video below, directed by Patrick Daughters, plays with superimposed bodies and faces. To help achieve the haunting effect, Andrews toes the line between funny faces you make at babies and pants-pissing faces rabid zombies make before they eat you. Karen O follows suit, seated shotgun.
“Casts of Everything”:
TOUR DATES with INTERPOL
10 Albany NY Palace Theatre
12 Boston MA Agganis Arena
14 New York NY Madison Square Garden
15 Philadelphia PA Tower Theatre
16 Raleigh NC Disco Rodeo
18 Orlando FL Hard Rock Live
19 Miami FL BankUnited Center
21 Atlanta GA Tabernacle
22 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium
23 New Orleans LA Sugar Mill
25 Houston TX Verizon Wireless Theatre
26 Austin TX Stubb's Bar-B-Q
27 Dallas TX Palladium
10 Kansas City KS Uptown
12 Minneapolis MN State Theatre
14 Denver CO Fillmore
15 Salt Lake City UT McKay Center
16 Boise ID Big Easy
18 Seattle WA WaMu Theater
19 Portland OR Memorial Coliseum
20 San Francisco CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
23 Los Angeles CA The Forum