What are you doing
We're really, really
busy. Things are kind of okay now in a sense that we don't have
much to do at the moment, but that's only because of the holiday.
We're on a break between tours, which is going to resume next week.
So you're getting
a chance to unwind
We were looking forward
to this break and used it well. It seems like it only lasted a couple
a seconds. It seems like we're on the road forever. It's tough.
Well, Happy New Year.
How was your New Year's Eve?
I was disappointed with
it. I was DJing at a very large party in New York called "Motherfucker,"
which is held at various clubs the night before a holiday so people
don't have to get up the next morning. It's usually fairly large
and fun. I set overly high expectation for New Year's this year.
I thought I was gonna be DJing and people are gonna be dancing and
it was going to be crazy. But it just wasn't exciting. The vibe
wasn't good, and the venue wasn't good. I was disappointed.
Did you make any startling
New Year's resolutions?
No more sleeping with
I hope you're not
talking about the illegal kind.
No, I'd never discriminate
like that. Just aliens.
You're band has been
mentioned in just about every "year in review" article
I've read. Are you flattered or surprised that Interpol is one of
the bands of the year for 2002?
It's incredibly flattering.
All the press that was happening before was really promotional --
an editor of a magazine deciding to put a photo of this month's
band-on-the-scene. It was also due to the publicist at our label.
That was all great, but the end-of-the-year stuff is more meaningful
in a sense that it's critics and basically people who work at magazines
responding to fan bases and to other people's tastes, which is awesome.
That's the flattering part about it. All those lists we made at
the end of the year -- we know that our CD did something.
What do you think
was the most significant musical moment of 2002?
I didn't see a specific
significant musical moment. In general, it was an amazing year in
music. So many great albums came out, and great first albums from
bands like Radio 4 and Liars -- CDs where the band changed and did
something new and it was their coming of age.
You get grouped in
with the current New York City scene. Are you getting tired of it?
Some people get more
tired of it than others. I understand the interest obviously, but
when people try too much to associate us with the New York scene,
it's disheartening. You don't want people to look at that sort of
thing. You want them to look at what you're doing as an artist.
At the same time, it's cool to be lumped in with a great group of
bands -- you know you're doing something right and can take part
Interpol can't even
be heard on the radio in Omaha. The people that come to your show
here will have been turned onto the band almost entirely by reading
about you, through the Internet or hearing about you from friends.
When you can sell out three nights at the Bowery Ballroom in New
York City why bother playing places like Omaha?
Ask our booking agent.
We get handed a list of dates, and they say 'This is where you're
going to be.' We didn't get upset when we saw Omaha. We talk to
people in smaller towns and they feel like 'You guys are too cool
to be doing this' and don't realize what nerds we really are.
The upside is you'll
be playing in front of a crowd of pure fans that had to work to
find out about you.
That's why we do enjoy
going to all these insignificant cities -- did I say that? (joking).
The fans are real fans, and we know it and can feel it. People in
other cities get worked up and express enthusiasm rather than the
too-cool-for-school New York crowds where it doesn't matter if we're
playing or not.
By the way, have you
ever been to Omaha before? What's your preconceived notion of the
I think Omaha gets a
bad rap because of its name: Omaha. Everyone assumes that it's this
redneck, backwoods area. The Onion ran a hilarious article that
was documenting this man who had moved to Omaha, but is going back
to his home town in rural Nebraska because he couldn't take this
rough-and-tumble city life.
Actually, my folks
moved 20 miles north of Omaha to get out of the city.
(Laughs) Well, see. I
guess maybe it's true. Another notion is that everyone loves The
Faint -- that seems like something that comes to mind that comes
out of Omaha. They are such a great band, and they're from Omaha.