Interpol EP

Interpol EP
Interpol EP
EP by Interpol
Released June 4, 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Post-punk revival[1]
Indie rock[1]
Length 16:01
Label Matador Records
Producer Interpol
Interpol chronology
Precipitate EP
Interpol EP
Turn on the Bright Lights

Interpol is the third EP release by New York post-punk revival[1] band Interpol. It was released on 4 June 2002, and was the band's first release on the Matador Records label.

The album received much critical acclaim, and garnered the band a healthy amount of attention before the release of their first full length, Turn on the Bright Lights. The EP also helped to shed the band of its accusations of cloning early post-punk bands like Joy Division, establishing an individual sound that expanded upon rather than copied the band's influences.[2][3]

From start to finish, Interpol's EP in preparation for their first full-length effort is vast, moving, and brilliant. Each listen reveals new layers, the band's appeal growing exponentially. The only complaint that can be leveled at this disc is that it's just too short, which in itself fulfills the first law of show business: always leave them wanting more. At this early stage, it's hard to know whether or not the success of this EP is based on the premise that these are simply the best songs Interpol has to offer. But if the boys can eke out a bargain with Old Scratch himself and pour thirty more minutes of sweet nectar like this into a few billion ones and zeros, their souls would certainly be a small price to pay.

—Eric Carr, in his Pitchfork Media review.[2]

The album originally sold for $3.98 off of Matador Records' website.[4]

"PDA" is one of the oldest songs by Interpol and has appeared on many of their early demos and EPs (included their first demo tape, the Fukd I.D. EP, and the Precipitate EP).

Between the releases of the Interpol EP and Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol released "PDA" as a promo single along with a music video, directed by Christopher Mills.[5]

"PDA" was nominated for a MTV2 award in 2003[6] and is a playable track on Rock Band 2.

"PDA" was featured in Foundation's skateboard movie "That's Life" as background music during Justin Strubing's part.

The same versions of "PDA" and "NYC" were later released on Turn on the Bright Lights, while "Specialist" was released as a bonus track to a 2005 re-release of the album.[7]

Track listing

  1. "PDA" – 5:02
  2. "NYC" – 4:20
  3. "Specialist" – 6:39
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (9.3/10) [2]


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