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Interpol - Marauder - LP -

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Despite its upbeat subtitle – Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City – Lizzy Goodman’s 2017 history of the Strokes et al, Meet Me in the Bathroom, ends up an oddly depressing read. At its conclusion, virtually all of the major players in the story – from the Strokes to Yeah Yeah Yeahs – find themselves in reduced circumstances. Damaged by their own excesses, overtaken commercially by cannier, hungrier artists – the gimlet-eyed Killers and Kings of Leon, the nerdy but organised Vampire Weekend – things just haven’t worked out the way they once expected them to.

Interpol’s dalliance with a major label ends prematurely and badly, having failed to catapult them into arenas. They end the book talking the pragmatic, defiant, but downcast language of a band digging in for the long haul, aware that their golden moment has passed and facing the future with lowered expectations: albums that get reviewed respectfully but without any real excitement; gigs that sell tickets to diehard supporters and people who only really want to hear songs from your first two albums; solo projects that go almost unnoticed, and play-the-classic-in-full anniversary tours. “Man are we lucky these people want to come and see us.” “We have fun.” “Having outside interests helps.”

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