Interpol's Paul Banks Talks About Coming Up The Same Time As The Strokes
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.30.2014
They made them work harder...
In an interview with The Guardian, Interpol's Paul Banks spoke about starting as a band at the same time as the Strokes, from 2001-2002. Here are highlights:
On hearing about The Strokes: "Hey I wished it was different, too. I still wish I was more bro-y with those guys. But it wasn't like: ‘Hey my buddies the Strokes are doing really great', it was more like, ‘Wait a minute, who the fuck is making music this good? And they're blowing up.' The Strokes were apparently hanging out in exactly the same places I was but I didn't know any of them until everybody in England was, like, up their ass. Had never heard of them doing a gig. Nick Zinner [from Yeah Yeah Yeahs] knew people in my band, and he was part of a scene. But if you think of a lot of internet companies rising up at the same time, they don't think of themselves as all in it together. They think, ‘Oh my god, did you hear about those guys doing super-well? We've got to work on our craft.'"
On working with producer Alan Moulder again: "But this time I said do not be conservative – go to town. Delay bounces that change, reverbs that swell in the background until the vocal bubbles up. Other mixers I've worked with want my voice to ride on top of the mix, but I always wanted more fur on it. But Moulder worked with My Bloody Valentine so I knew he could handle an aesthetic that's within Interpol that I like. Sonic landscapes that allow dreaminess to be both immediate and distant."
On an incident he had while surfing: "No, I'll wait and ride two waves in a day because the 20 that passed me by were going to kill me. I pulled a dead guy out of the sea the other day. Yeah, an older guy. His son came and spoke to me afterwards. That sucked. People die all the time at that beach and it's the only place I surf; it's crazy dangerous out there."