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Interpol’s sweet sound of ‘Success’

Despite the classically dark/cynical lyrics and the loss of their iconic bassist, Interpol still has something to smile about.

Despite the classically dark/cynical lyrics and the loss of their iconic bassist, Interpol still has something to smile about.

Drummer Sam Fogarino recalls his first reaction to sharing the stage with new bass player David Pajo.

“He’s doing it without a frown on his face,” he says about the man who replaced Carlos Dengler, widely known as Carlos D, who was the face of the band. “Having this guy just plow through Carlos’ really intricate and amazing bass lines, it just really fired us up,” says Fogarino
Brandon Curtis of the Secret Machines also joined the touring lineup in the wake of Dengler’s unexpected departure. Fogarino says the founding bassist gradually lost interest in the rock-band lifestyle, and ultimately, the bass guitar, leaving the band to search for new additions to the tour.

While Pajo has been tearing down the bass, Curtis has also been instrumental in restructuring the band’s keyboard sounds into their live shows.

The tour is to promote their latest album, “Interpol,” released in September. The album highlights the band’s signature style of high-energy harmonics, heavy bass and electric vocals — reminiscent of “Turn on the Bright Lights” and “Antics,” both of which vaulted them out of the New York indie scene in the early part of the century.

“I was kind of relieved that we weren’t at the top of the New York list at that moment, because as soon as you get lumped into a scene or a movement, that’s when you’re stuck,” Fogarino says.

While many of New York’s post-punk bands that began in the late ’90s have faded into obscurity, Fogarino says innovation is the key to longevity.

“I’d like to think that it’s definitely our most realized effort in terms of what exactly it was we wanted to achieve sonically and musically,” Fogarino says.

Saturday, 7 p.m.
House of Blues
15 Lansdowne St., Boston
$30-$40, 800-745-3000

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