Interpol shares ‘Gran Hotel’ video, announces pop-ups in New York, LA and more
Interpol released “Gran Hotel”, a single The flip side of pretending it’s out this Friday via Matador. (Pre-order it on vinyl.) The song comes with a music video directed by former Dum Dum Girls bassist Malia James. It’s a voyeuristic tragedy, with frontman Paul Banks moving forward while a couple in peril backs away. The video matches the intensity of the track, raising the stakes of “Gran Hotel’s” already dark sound. Watch it below.
Says Malia, who also recently directed the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘These Are the Way’ video, “While attending film school in Boston, I had a period where I thought I would give up. my dream to realize to travel and document the lives of musicians; I photographed as many concerts as possible. At that time, I went to see this *new* band Interpol play at the Middle East Upstairs, a venue not much larger than my living room. It was jam-packed. on the wall with people completely bewitched by the band – and for good reason. I met Daniel after their next gig in town and we remained friends as we both traveled the world so over the years, not only have I seen them play countless times, but the music has been deeply embedded in the tapestry of so many chapters of my life. to have been able to collaborate with them and delighted to share.
In honor of the release of The flip side of pretending (Interpol’s seventh studio album), the band will host Town of Big Shot, a pop-up exhibition in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Tokyo and London. It’s a collaboration with photographer Atiba Jefferson and Brain Dead Clothing and here are more details via Matador:
Each event/space will host a gallery of exclusive Jefferson photographs from Interpolcaptured throughout the disc’s creation, alongside special items available for purchase, including limited editions Interpol x Brain Dead T-shirts (2x designs), an exclusive zine of Jefferson designed by Brain Dead photography, and ultra-limited skateboards designed by Jefferson in partnership with Girl Skateboards. In-person meet-and-greets and Q&As with band members, Jefferson, and Brain Dead will also take place at select events.
The New York edition of Big Shot City is hosted at 155 Lafayette Street and July 13-16. See the flyer and details for all cities below.
Interpol will participate in the Lights Camera Factions tour with Spoon later this summer (The Goon Sax just dropped and broke), as well as shows with Metric and Arctic Monkeys. They will be at Asbury Park, NJ’s Stone Pony Summer Stage on August 25 with Spoon. All dates are listed below.
You can pre-order The flip side of pretending on vinyl.
Town of Big Shot exhibition events:
LA: Hosted at Brain Dead Studios, July 14-16
NYC: hosted at 155 Lafayette Street, July 13-16
MX City: hosted at Not A Gallery, July 16-17
Tokyo: Hosted in Brain Dead’s Harajuku space – July 15
London: Held at Truman’s Brewery – July 15-17
INTERPOL VISIT DATES:
July 16 London, UK @ St. John’s Hackney (Rough Trade) SOLD OUT
July 17 London, UK @ Pryzm (Banquet Records) SOLD OUT
July 18 London, UK @ Kentish Town Forum SOLD OUT
August 25 Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony Summer Stage #
August 26 Toronto, ON, Canada Budweiser Stage ^
August 27 Portland, ME, Thompson’s Point #
August 28 Providence, RI, Bold Point Pavilion #
August 30 Columbus, OH, KEMBA Live! Exterior #
September 1 Cincinnati, OH, Andrew J. Brady Music Center #
September 2 Atlanta, Georgia, East
September 3 Asheville, NC, Bunny Bunny #
September 4 Raleigh, North Carolina, The Ritz
September 6 Pittsburgh, PA, AE Outdoors Internship #
September 8 Indianapolis, IN, TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park #
September 9 St Louis, MO, Stifel Theater #
September 10 Oklahoma City, OK, Criterion Theater #
September 11, El Paso, TX, Plaza Theater
September 13 Las Vegas, NV, The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas#
September 14 Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheater #
September 16 Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater#
September 17 Portland, OR, Pioneer Courthouse Square #
September 18 Portland, OR, Pioneer Courthouse Square #
November 4 – Youth Arena. Rio de Janeiro, RJ%
November 5 – Primavera Sound – Sao Paulo, Brazil %
November 8 – Pedreira Paulo Leminski. Curitiba, Brazil %
November 10 – Asuncion Kilk Fest – Paraguay, Chico, Chile
November 12. Primavera Sound – Santiago, Chile
November 13 – Primavera Sound – Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 15 – Lima Arena 1. Lima, Peru %
# with spoon
^ with spoon and metric
% with Arctic Monkeys