Years active: 1997 - present (on hiatus since 2011) Influenced: Post-punk and emo lyrics Hometown: New York, New York Jam: "PDA." This song careens through apathy, invitations and loneliness—but the guitar solos at the end are enough to feel loved again.
It's hard to imagine Interpol's sound existing without Joy Division, Paul Bank's nearly monotone intonation invokes Ian Curtis almost instantaneously. But the post-punk band is firmly a New York band, first building their fan base in the city before a brief tour to the UK, and getting signed by Matador Records, helped catapult their debut album Turn on the Bright Lights into mainstream fame. Their subsequent records cemented the group's place as an important part of the indie rock legacy, if for no other reason than their ability to capture both the spacious energy and depressing cloy of New York City in their sound.
This song careens through apathy, invitations and loneliness -- but the guitar solos at the end are enough to feel loved again.