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Interpol frontman Paul Banks has said that he always viewed fellow New York bands The Strokes as rivals rather than friends.

Both bands came out around the same time at the turn of the century, with the two acts releasing debut albums between 2001-2002. However, as Banks confirms in a new interview with The Guardian, he was never friends with The Strokes and claims that he was more concerned with another local band doing better than his.

"I still wish I was more bro-y with those guys. But it wasn’t like: 'Hey my buddies the Strokes are doing really great', it was more like, 'Wait a minute, who the fuck is making music this good? And they’re blowing up,'" he said. "The Strokes were apparently hanging out in exactly the same places I was but I didn't know any of them until everybody in England was, like, up their ass. Had never heard of them doing a gig."

Referencing Yeah Yeah Yeahs, another New York band, Banks continued: Nick Zinner knew people in my band, and he was part of a scene. But if you think of a lot of internet companies rising up at the same time, they don’t think of themselves as all in it together. They think, 'Oh my god, did you hear about those guys doing super-well? We’ve got to work on our craft.'"

Interpol release their new album 'El Pintor' next month (September). The band will embark on a short tour of the UK and Ireland next year, playing London's Roundhouse on February 6-7, Manchester Albert Hall (8) and Dublin Olympia (10-11). The shows will take place as part of a wider European tour in support of their new album.

Interpol will play:

London Roundhouse (February 6, 2015)
London Roundhouse (7)
Manchester Albert Hall (8)
Dublin Olympia (10)
Dublin Olympia (11)


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