Thursday 22 February 2018

Loaded: Interpol bassist leaves band

John Meagher

John Meagher

Interpol fans who have been following the band's recent progress closely will not have been surprised to hear that bassist Carlos D has left. In interviews to promote their overblown, disappointing last album, Our Love to Admire, he seemed decidedly unimpressed with what the band have become.

In a statement on their website, the New Yorkers said: "He has decided to follow another path, and to pursue new goals. This separation is amicable, and we whole-heartedly wish him great happiness and success. We will remain, as always, deeply respectful fans of this blazingly talented individual."

Apparently, he hung around long enough to complete work on the band's as-yet-untitled new album, which will be out later this year. "It was recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, and mixed with Alan Moulder at Assault and Battery, London," according to the band. "The four of us poured our collective heart into this music and we are very proud and excited to share it. It's a heavy record. But we're feeling limber and we're going to carry it all around the world for you. Touring begins this summer."

A new song, Lights, has been doing the rounds of late and it sounds quintessentially Interpol -- dark, brooding and rather brilliant.

  • It is, by several light years, the greatest rock and roll concert movie ever filmed.

If you haven't seen Martin Scorsese's 1978 film The Last Waltz, which commemorates the music of Bob Dylan and The Band, please make a point of doing so.

It was the guest contributors on the night that turned it into such a storied gig and such a rich film experience, with Dylan and The Band joined by Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond and a host of others.

In 2008, to mark the 30th anniversary of the movie, a collection of Dublin musicians under the name The Group, set about the tricky task of recreating a two-hour show in tribute to the original concert, and their efforts met with considerable acclaim.

Now The Last Waltz Live is back and coming to Dublin's Olympia tomorrow night for a one-off show. The organisers are promising a spectacular concert featuring a 10-piece band, a full brass section and 13 special guests as well as archive footage on a giant screen.

  • Gorillaz are set to arrive in Dublin for their first-ever Irish show with a massive night at Dublin's O2 on September 22.

Following their recent sell out performances at US Music Festival Coachella and the Roundhouse in London, the Gorillaz bring the Escape To Plastic Beach Tour to Dublin for one night only.

Performed by Damon Albarn, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and the Gorillaz band, the live show will feature songs from all 3 albums (Gorillaz, Demon Days and Plastic Beach) with video animation, artwork and film as designed by Jamie Hewlett.

Featured artists have yet to be announced, but recent live Gorillaz shows have included performances by De La Soul, Roses Gabor, Bobby Womack, Little Dragon, Mos Def, Kano, Bashy and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Tickets, costing €59.80, go on sale next Friday.

  • The June bank holiday weekend will boast several events to tempt music lovers.

Among those that caught my attention are the Little Havana Festival in the Latin Quarter, Galway and The First of the Summer Wine at Tramore Racecourse, Co Waterford.

The former will feature street performances from such luminaries as The Cuban Allstars (on Friday night) and DJ Florian (Saturday), while the latter will boast performances from rockabilly revitalist Imelda May (above) and Gerry Fish and the Mudbug Club.

The Galway shindig is free while The First of the Summer Wine will set you back €30.

  • Cork band Ladydoll have been enjoying the fruits of their recent JD Set Final win. They've just completed recording sessions in Grouse Lodge Studios and met with Charlatans' mainman Tim Burgess to talk music biz.

Ladydoll have a debut LP out, The Knife Thrower and his Wife, and are supporting the excellent Cathy Davey on her current nationwide tour, if you're keen to see what the fuss is about.

Irish Independent

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