INTERPOL AND SPOON CAPTIVATE CROWD AT STONE PONY SUMMER STAGE

Words & Photos by Diane DiMemmo

August 31, 2022

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Paul Banks of Interpol

Britt Daniel of Spoon

American rock bands Interpol and Spoon kicked off their 15-show “Lights, Camera, Factions’ Tour” in Asbury Park, New Jersey last week to a packed – and I mean PACKED - crowd on a balmy summer night at Stone Pony Summer Stage. Most fans expressed to me that they bought their tickets wanting to see both bands equally as much. I must admit that I shared that sentiment, as this tour pairing is absolutely the perfect combination for alt-rock fans.


NY home boys Interpol and Austin-based Spoon have each, in their own way, put a new spin on the rock/punk/pop/Indie genre, progressively driving the sound of music in a deliciously addictive and new direction. Breaking out of the monotony of bands that sound so alike that it’s impossible to identify them on a playlist, both Interpol and Spoon surprise and delight with each new song they create; experimenting with unexpected key changes, syncopation, instrumentation and song formats.


Now I know I keep speaking of both bands collectively, but their individual sounds and live performances are completely different, a unique dichotomy of sorts.

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Spoon took the stage first promoting their tenth studio album, Lucifer on the Sofa, which has received ample praise from critics and fans alike. Vocalist Britt Daniel enlivened the crowd with his endearing personality and vibrant, spirited performance. The band’s sound is rich with layers of crunchy guitars, technically impressive keyboard runs, and vocal harmonies. They moved through their 18-song setlist with precision and speed yet made the show feel personal and intimate. Singles “The Hardest Cut,” “Wild,” “I Turn My Camera On,” and “Inside Out” were huge crowd pleasers while the band’s performance of their latest release “My Babe” was one of the highlights of the evening with its comforting beat and beautifully melodies.

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Interpol commandeered the stage next, enveloping themselves in a dark, velvety fog that suggested the audience should – first and foremost - listen, feel, and enjoy the music. That’s what we’re all ultimately there for … right? The band’s sound is comforting and haunting at the same time possessing hints of the Psychedelic Furs, Joy Division, and Muse. Vocalist Paul Banks remarked to the audience that it had been a while since they’d been to Asbury Park and seemed to genuinely enjoy performing at The Stone Pony saying it was a “beautiful crowd on a beautiful night.” Promoting their seventh stellar studio album The Other Side Of Make-Believe, Interpol dotted their setlist with new gems “Fables,” “Toni,” Something Changed,” and “Gran Hotel.” Having been together since 1997, the band performs effortlessly together and draws you into their mystic melancholy tunes reminding you of a time when punk music was being written and performed in its purest form. Interpol ended the night with crowd favorite “Slow Hands” as they closed out the memorable show on a high note.


Follow Interpol and Spoon online for additional tour dates, show highlights, and announcements!

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Diane DiMemmo is the founder and editor of Asbury Park Vibes. In addition to hosting the APV Podcast and Artist Spotlight series, she specializes in portrait, promo, and tour photography.

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