Interpol at Somerset House review and setlist: New York indie stars come alive as night falls

Interpol played in central London on July 10 as part of the Somerset House Summer Series with American Express.
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Interpol are a nighttime band (conjuring the streets of New York in the unplayed and much-missed NYC) and there was a subdued beginning to their headline show at Somerset House Summer Series on Monday evening, with the skies still bright. Things were to pick up.

The band open with new song Toni before the drive of Obstacle 1 from debut album Turn On the Bright Lights, in which they toy with the tempo.

Narc and Into The Light are great songs but things come alive with Evil - an unusual indie hit single (helped by a striking video) which is, nonetheless, eminently singable.

Pioneer To The Falls is a strong song and My Chemistry has a lovely sway.

By now night has fallen and Interpol are in their element.

Leif Erikson and PDA bring things to a close before an encore of Lights and Slow Hands.

The latter’s crashing nu-disco beat would have benefitted the show earlier on (and I always want a little more volume) but the venue made an occasion of a set spanning 20 years.

Interpol played Somerset House’s Summer Series with American Express. (Photo by Interpol/Somerset House)Interpol played Somerset House’s Summer Series with American Express. (Photo by Interpol/Somerset House)
Interpol played Somerset House’s Summer Series with American Express. (Photo by Interpol/Somerset House)

Interpol setlist at Somerset House

Toni

Obstacle 1

If You Really Love Nothing

Narc

Into The Night

My Desire

Fables

Evil

Pioneer to the Falls

Rest My Chemistry

C’mere

No 1 in Threesome

Roland

Leif Erikson

PDA

Lights

Slow Hands

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