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"Interpol is an American indie rock band, formed in 1998. Their debut album Turn on the Bright Lights was critically acclaimed, while the follow-up, Antics, has also been a commercial and critical success. The members of the band are: Paul Banks (vocals, rhythm guitar); Daniel Kessler (lead guitar, back vocals), Carlos Dengler (bass); Sam Fogarino (drums). The band's sound is a dark mix of bass throb and choppy, sparse guitar, drawing constant comparisons to post-punk bands Joy Division, The Chameleons and Kitchens of Distinction. Both Antics and Turn on the Bright Lights were recorded at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The band's name supposedly comes from a play on the Spanish pronunciation of 'Paul'—the lead singer's first name. While Paul was in Spain, kids would tease him with the phrase 'Paul, Paul, Interpaul,' with the pronunciation of Paul's name sounding like 'Pole.' Another suggestion as to the reason the band is so called is because the word Interpol suggests order and efficiency, similar to the style in which the band plays. Daniel Kessler has stated in an interview that the band '...had played shows with no name and then I got to the point where I was like, 'Guys, we're getting decent crowds, but like...we don't have a name so no one knows who to go see again.' Other names the band considered were Las Armas (The Weapons) and The French Letters. They also performed a secret show at Luna Lounge in New York under the pseudonym Cuddleworthy.

The band formed when Daniel Kessler met drummer Greg Drudy, now a member of screamo band Hot Cross, on the New York University campus. Kessler later added Carlos D., an ex-guitarist, on the bass, after meeting him in a history class. The line-up was complete after Kessler remembered an old friend he met while in Paris. Banks and Kessler ran into each other on the street, after losing touch since Paris, and Banks became lead singer. In 2000, Greg left the band, and Daniel recruited Sam, whom the band knew through his job at a local record store."

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