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Interpol team up with Temples & Royal Blood for much anticipated show
A show that left us thinking, why did they ever go away?
Interpol, Temples, Royal Blood @ Brixton Academy 27.03.2014The NME have put together a pretty tasty bill for their Awards Tour shows this year. There’s a palpable buzz around both Circa Waves and the excellent Royal Blood, Temples have landed with a not undeserved amount of fanfare and the return of Interpol to the live stage for the first time in four years is nothing short of appetite-whetting. The crowd are expectant too, Brixton Academy is hot and heaving and the bar queues ten thick. Having just missed Circa Waves, Royal Blood are second on the bill and deliver their marvellous grungy racket with some aplomb, despite being fairly devout to one formula and being a little repetitive, they ooze potential and draw rapturous applause for the current single ‘Little Monster’. Temples follow, and in rather stark contrast to their superb Shepherds Bush Empire show a fortnight before, look and sound failry jaded, doing disappointingly little to build on the atmosphere generated by Royal Blood. They’re not helped much by the sound, the second guitar seemingly disappearing for much of their set. Interpol are a different beast however. With a set drawn heavily from their first two albums, they are masters of their trade. ‘Evil’, ‘Slow Hands’ and ‘Stella Was A Diver and She Was Always Down’ are immense and as the encore closes with ‘Obstacle 1’ you’re left wishing the set could have been another half longer, as they were truly superb. With another show pencilled in for the summer and a Glastonbury appearance confirmed, Interpol are truly back and on great form. It’s gonna be a great summer.