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A Mesmerizing Evening: Interpol Give A Thrilling Concert At Neischmelz, Luxembourg, June 4, 2023

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As an ardent fan of Interpol, I had been eagerly awaiting their concert in Luxembourg on Sunday, June 4th. The band’s reputation for delivering intense and captivating performances preceded them, and I can confidently say that they exceeded all my expectations for the sixth time. From the moment the lights dimmed and the opening notes resonated through the esplanade, I knew I was in for a new unforgettable experience.

The concert took place as part of USINA23, a two-day open-air festival based at Neischmelz, a former industrial site in a small town called Dudelange, Luxembourg. Thirty concerts were on the menu for the second edition of this collaborative festival and Interpol headlined Day 2. The industrial wasteland in which the festival took place provided an intimate and immersive atmosphere that perfectly complemented Interpol’s brooding and atmospheric sound.

All dressed in black, except for the drummer, the five members impassively arrived on stage. Lead singer and guitarist, Paul Banks, was in the middle, surrounded by his bassist and his guitarist. Behind, drums were on the left, and keyboards on the right. This organization is well-controlled and has always been the same for 20 years.

Interpol kicked off the night with the first track of their seventh and latest album “The Other Side of Make Believe,” “Toni,” before continuing with a high-energy rendition of their beloved classics, including “Obstacle 1” and “C’mere,” instantly igniting the crowd’s enthusiasm. Lead singer Paul Banks’ enigmatic presence with his futuristic sunglasses and unmistakable vocals commanded the stage, while Daniel Kessler’s intricate guitar work and Sam Fogarino’s powerful drumming drove the rhythm with precision. Accompanied on stage by their usual musicians, Brandon Curtis on keyboards and Brad Truax on bass were intense and terrific.

The band’s setlist was a carefully curated mix of their greatest hits and newer material from “Marauder” and “The Other Side of Make Believe,” striking a harmonious balance between nostalgia and artistic evolution, even if I have regretted not listening to more unreleased songs from “TOSOMB.” They only played “Toni” and “Fables” during the set and I wish they’d played “Mr. Credit” which is definitely my favorite in the new album.

As usual, the group remained quite static during the performance but the audience was treated to an electrifying rendition of “Evil” which sent waves of energy pulsating through the crowd as soon as the word “Rosemary” was sung by Paul Banks. Old songs like “PDA,” “Roland” and “Slow Hands” had the entire venue singing along with passion.

Interpol’s stage presence was captivating, with each member fully engrossed in their music. They didn’t talk much with the audience. But without necessarily looking at each other, the band’s chemistry was palpable, further enhancing the overall concert experience. Paul Banks even took advantage of the stage to take a photo with his phone of the water tower behind the crowd to feed his Instagram account. The new dad of baby Sailor Maxwell, born in March 2023, and runs an Instagram page since 2016 based on black and white pictures about brutalist architecture he photographed on tour.

Interpol’s concert in Luxembourg was a small part of their European tour and this confidential show was an absolute triumph. I met French and Belgian fans who sang along like me and this genuine connection fostered a sense of unity, turning the concert into a shared experience between the band and their devoted fans. At the end of the show, unfortunately without an encore, I nearly “touched” the setlist (someone literally stole the precious paper from my hand) in the front row…

Interpol’s commanding stage presence, flawless talent, and dedication to creating a live experience left a lasting impression on all in attendance. It was a night filled with intense emotions thanks to the artistry that Interpol brings to the stage. Without a doubt, this was like a private concert that I will remember for years.

Interpol Setlist :

  • Toni
  • Obstacle 1
  • If You Really Love Nothing
  • Narc
  • C’mere
  • Fables
  • Evil
  • Pioneer to the Falls
  • All the Rage Back Home
  • Rest My Chemistry
  • Lights
  • Take You on a Cruise
  • Roland
  • No I in Threesome
  • The New
  • PDA
  • Slow Hands

1 Comments

  1. Jeannine on July 1, 2023 at 4:22 am

    quel compte-rendu….. et quelles pho
    tos !!!!!

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