Interpol declare NME Awards Tour with Austin, Texas ‘a lot of fun’ on final night

The eight-date jaunt featuring Circa Waves, Royal Blood, Temples and Interpol comes to a close in London

The NME Awards Tour with Austin, Texas came to an end last night (March 27), with Interpol declaring the eight show-run “a lot of fun”.

As seen elsewhere on the tour, the New York trio previewed three songs from their as-yet-untitled fifth album, which is due out later this year. Having successfully previewed ‘My Desire’ and ‘Anywhere’, the band had to perform ‘All The Rage Back Home’ twice, after the initial version came crashing to a halt during the first chorus. “That was a bad version,” announced singer Paul Banks. “We can play that better.” To loud cheers, they successfully ran through the song again.

Referring to the four-year gap since 2010’s self-titled fourth album, Banks said before main set closer ‘Slow Hands’: “This has been our first time out in a while. Thanks to NME, thanks to all the other bands and thanks to you all for coming out. It’s been a lot of fun.”


It was Interpol’s first full tour since founding bassist Carlos Dengler left in 2010. His touring replacement is former Spiritualized touring bassist Brad Truax, with former Secret Machines singer Brandon Curtis adding to the line-up on keyboards. The 80-minute set added ‘PDA’ from 2002’s debut album ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ and 2004’s ‘Take You On A Cruise’ to the rest of the tour’s setlist.

Earlier, tour openers Circa Waves recalled their rapid rise. “I came to this tour a year ago, when I didn’t even have a band,” said singer Keiran Shuddall. “And now I’m here playing it, which is great.” The melodic Liverpool rockers were followed by powerful Brighton duo Royal Blood, whose half-hour show featured new single ‘Little Monster’, and psychedelic Northants four-piece Temples, who ran through most of their recently-released debut album ‘Sun Structures’.

Interpol played:

‘Say Hello To The Angels’
‘My Desire’
‘The Heinrich Maneuver’
‘Not Even Jail’
‘Take You On A Cruise’
‘All The Rage Back Home’
‘Hands Away’
‘Slow Hands’
‘Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down’
‘Obstacle 1’