21st Century Appearances: 2001 Main Stage, 2007 Main Stage, 2003 NME Stage, 2002 Carling Stage
The Defining Reading Moment: Foreshadowing the Indie invasion in 2002, following The Strokes lead, stuck in-between The Kills and The Datsuns, Interpol took the Carling Stage by storm with their brooding tales and the staggering show stealer “NYC”.
The New Yorkers launched themselves into the indie/post-punk stratosphere in 2002, with their critically acclaimed debut album, Turn On the Bright Lights, drawing comparisons to Joy Division, The Chameleons and My Bloody Valentine.
2002 was also the year the quartet made their Reading debuts, headlining the Carling Tent to a rapturous Sunday night crowd. The returned the following year, this time going even better and playing high up the NME tent, where their dark and sombre mood fit the atmosphere inside perfectly.
They returned in 2007, along with third album Our Love to Admire, where they once again moved up the line up, to third spot on the Main Stage underneath Kings of Leon and headliners Razorlight. On that occasion they drew a mammoth crowd, full of sing-alongs to the likes of “Evil” and “Slow Hands”.
They made it a fantastic four at Reading this summer, playing in the same spot as before, third from top. However, unlike the previous three performances, they returned without bassist Carlos D, who left after recording their eponymous fourth album in 2010. Nonetheless, they produced another solid performance, once again showing how they had become Reading favourites and no doubt will be back for more soon.
If their upward spiral continues, then a few more albums could see them rising even further up the bill. Siobhan Gallagher