INTERPOL celebrate 20 years of ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ with digital release of ‘The Black EP’

The Black EP

On August 20, Interpol’s canonical debut album Turn On The Bright Lights turns 20. Commemorating this landmark, the band today make cherished, fan-favourite 2003 TOTBL companion The Black EP available on digital platforms.

Originally released on August 26th, 2003, as a limited-edition CD, the long out-of-print The Black features the studio version of ‘Say Hello To The Angels’, a demo of ‘NYC’ and four TOTBL-era songs recorded live in session for Radio France in 2002, including fabled non-album bonus track ‘Specialist’. Listen BELOW:

Accompanying the release is a 2002 short documentary on the band made by a French subsidiary of then-label EMI. Hitherto lost in the annals of 144p YouTube rips, the 13-minute clip is brought to glorious hi-res restoration, featuring interviews with the band as well as snippets of performances of ‘PDA’, ‘NYC’, ‘Untitled’ and ‘Stella was a diver, and she was always down’. Watch BELOW:

Interpol embark on the Lights, Camera, Factions US tour with Spoon on August 25, followed by South American headline and festival dates in November. A full list of upcoming can be found below.

The Black EP Tracklist:
1. Say Hello To The Angels
2. NYC (Demo)
3. Obstacle 1 (Black Sessions)
4. Specialist (Black Sessions)
5. Leif Erikson (Black Sessions)
6. PDA (Black Sessions)

Aug 25 Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony Summer Stage #
Aug 26 Toronto, ON, Canada Budweiser Stage ^
Aug 27 Portland, ME, Thompson’s Point #
Aug 28 Providence, RI, Bold Point Pavilion #
Aug 30 Columbus, OH, KEMBA Live! Outdoor #
Sep 1 Cincinnati, OH, Andrew J. Brady Music Center #
Sep 2 Atlanta, GA, The Eastern
Sep 3 Asheville, NC, Rabbit Rabbit #
Sep 4 Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
Sep 6 Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE Outdoors #
Sep 8 Indianapolis, IN, TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park #
Sep 9 St Louis, MO, Stifel Theatre #
Sep 10 Oklahoma City, OK, Criterion Theater #
Sep 11, El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre
Sep 13 Las Vegas, NV, The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas #
Sep 14 Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre #
Sep 16 Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre #
Sep 17 Portland, OR, Pioneer Courthouse Square #
Sep 18 Portland, OR, Pioneer Courthouse Square #
Nov 4 –Jeunesse Arena. Rio De Janeiro, RJ %
Nov 5 – Primavera Sound – Sao Paulo, Brazil %
Nov 8 – Pedreira Paulo Leminski. Curitiba, Brazil %
Nov 10 ­– Asuncion Kilk Fest – Paraguay, Chico, Chile
Nov 12. Primavera Sound – Santiago, Chile
Nov 13 – Primavera Sound – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nov 15 – Lima Arena 1. Lima, Peru %

# w/ Spoon
^ w/ Spoon and Metric
% w/ Arctic Monkeys

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast.Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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