Sunday, May 15, 2022

Interpol + Tycho @ Kings Theatre (May 14, 2022)

For some reason I forgot before the show that Tycho has a live drummer and guitars during their performances; so it was a bit of a pleasant surprise that it wasn't just him pushing buttons and playing a keyboard. They also seem to be making good use of the larger space on stage (even as an opener) compared to previous venues that I've seen them. As usual they had the video projection thing going on. Their set was pretty solid, and perhaps more consistently enjoyable than Interpol's.

But Interpol was who most people came to see. The crowd went crazy for the old hits, but were much less subdued for the brand new music - they played about 4 new-to-me songs, a couple of which I later found out have been released as singles and a couple yet unreleased (I didn't even know they had a new album coming out). Daniel played keyboards (instead of his usual guitar) on a couple of the new tracks, which was just as surprising as the fact that those two songs (Toni and Something Changed) were "piano" heavy. Of the new songs, my favorite was easily Into the Night (video from a different show); it was the only one I took to immediately. The other noteworthy thing about their performance was the light show, for a couple of reasons: (1) the band members were backlit for pretty much the entire show, so we couldn't see their faces - I don't remember previous shows being like that; (2) they went waaaaay over the top on the strobe lights - I remarked to Fran at one point that I felt like I was being assaulted by the lights.

Rating: 4.4/5

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