by Serapheus USER (9 Reviews)
July 13th, 2005 | 36 replies

Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

This is their second full-length album after the much acclaimed Turn on the Bright Lights and it packs a punch. Interpol is a relatively new Indie/Alternative band emerging out of New York and known for sounding similar to Joy Division. I bought this album after becoming addicted to Slow Hands, C'mere, Narc and Evil for their eerie yet calming sound and wanting the proper quality of an album, this is my first review so it's probably going to sound crappy and amateur but it's a great album but not one of my 'special' favourites like Tool's Lateralus. Turn on the Bright Lights is a reasonably better album as the songs have a better flow, are more consistent, are more relaxed and have a more hearty & ambient sound which is Interpol's forte, but Antics still has fine and unique songs except for one or two which drag it down and it's "fun". I can't believe that no one had reviewed this album.

The members of Interpol are:
Paul Banks - lead vocals, guitar
Daniel Kessler - guitar, vocals
Carlos D. - bass
Sam Fogarino - drums

01 - Next Exit
The intro song has an ambient and haunting sound which is somewhat slower than many on the songs on the album. The lyrics "We're going to the city/Gonna track this shit around/And make this place a heart" and "No end/With no end/With no end" have a negative destrado quality which doesn't connect with any of the other songs on Antics. It's easy to listen to and does a great job as an intro song though it could be a little shorter and probably the worst song compared to the other tracks on the album. Untitled was a much better opener but this is so-so, Take You on a Cruise would've been a better choice for the opening track. 2/5

02 - Evil
A simply awesome bassline starts off this track. It a very good song but can get a bit repetitive, but that doesn't bother me as the bass keeps it strong. The lyrics are definitely odd "Rosemary/Heaven restores you in life/Coming with me/Through the aging, the fear and the strife" and the catchy chorus "Hey wait/Great smile/Sensitive to faith not/Denial/But hey whose on trial?", the abstract poetic structure they follow are viciously catchy and great fun to sing aloud. This has the annoying video with the weird little injured puppet singing. It's one of the stand-out tracks on the album. 5/5 :)

03 - Narc
Narc begins with cool guitar work from Daniel and progresses into a very good song with a very ambient feel. The lyrics fit in perfectly "Feast your eyes, I'm the only one/Control me, console me/Cause that's just how it should be done/Oh, your history's like fire from a busted gun" strong love themes hidden in Paul's excellent ambiguous lyrics. Does anyone know what a narc is? 4/5

04 - Take You on a Cruise
It's a beautiful song with a dreary yet blissful. The lyrics are deep and melancholy "We sail today/Tears drown in in the wake of delight/There's nothing like this built today/You'll never see a finer ship in your life" very reminiscent of "Untitled". Sounds somewhat misplaced between the effervescence of Narc and Slow Hands. 4/5

05 - Slow Hands
A very upbeat and energetic song with the most "rock"-ish sound on the album. The verses features some crazy and infectious lyrics from Paul "I submit my incentive is romance/I watched the pole dance of the stars/We rejoice because the hurting is so painless/From the distance of passing cars”. The layers of guitar melodies in the chorus are excellent and show the powerful rapport between Paul and Daniel's guitars. The chorus "We spies/We slow hands/Put the weights around yourself" has to be one of the catchiest things I’ve heard (before I heard it, I didn't like Interpol because the Evil video annoyed me) and it is probably my favourite song on the album. 5/5 :D

06 - Not Even Jail
This one starts off with an awesome sounding intro but this only hides a mediocre solid song which gets pretty repetitive. The lyrics are alright, "Give some meanings to the means/To your end/Not even jail". 3/5

07 - Public Pervert
A good solid song with the best lyrics on Antics "If time is my vessel, then learning to love might be my way back to sea", the loveliest song on Antics and has a similar sailing/love thing happening which is evident in Take You on a Cruise. 4.5/5

08 - C'mere
My second favourite song on the album and is the most upbeat and bouncy song. C'mere shows that Interpol can be adventurous especially with the strong themes of love bubbling in this track. This has to be the song with the most variety between verse and chorus on Antics. Awesome lyrics "Now season with health/Two lovers walk on lakeside mile/Try pleasing with stealth, rodeo/See the stands long ending path". 5/5 :)

09 - Length of Love
An average song which sounds a lot like Joy Division. The funky bass line keeps it alive, it slow & grimy chorus "Complex salacious removal/Complex salacious removal", I mean there's a line between funny, catchy, sing-a-long lyrics and stupid lyrics. Nothing more than expected. 3/5

10 - A Time to Be So Small
An excellent closing track but weak as a stand-alone track. Slow vocals with the renowned dreary ambience and eerie guitar harmonies. Dan's weeping guitar sounds very similar to the music of the "A Black and White Cartoon About Roof Tiling" animation on www.fat-pie.com. "A time to be so small/Bottom of the ocean/Saw him under the boat" shows another connection with the themes of boats and sailing. 3.5/5

Stand out tracks:
Slow Hands
Public Pervert

A fine solid album that isn't a ground-breaking work of art, but it still holds a fist. It's not for everyone as their sound is so different. This is one of those grow-on-you albums as Paul's vocals can seem flat and monotonous and his lyrics may seem stupid and random but I got hooked straight away. The synergy which the band makes with the layers of guitar melody and catchy bass lines is unique. I recommend it for anyone who liked Turn on the Bright Lights but you may be a little disappointed with Interpol's slight change in sound. Anyone who has heard this album and liked it should immediately grab a copy of Turn on the Bright Lights.

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July 13th 2005


Not to discredit this review but nobody can understand the full scope of an album until they've had it for a while. I can't trust this review if it's only been a day. Maybe come back in a week and see how it tastes with a little age.

July 13th 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

The first album is better, I definitely wouldn't rate this a 5/5. 3.5/5 for me

July 13th 2005


haha, i think i went a little overboard on the rating. I'm defintely getting their first album in a couple of days.This Message Edited On 07.13.05

July 13th 2005


You sure did. Which leaves us with two possibilities.

1) You could edit your 'fanboyish' rating now, via your UserCP (link at the top right of the page) to a more just rating

2) I'll delete the review now, and you do it again when the album had some time "to sink in".

Your call. But call fast. Otherwise this is gone tomorrow

July 13th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

good album but doesnt compare to turn on the bright lights

July 13th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

I don't have Turn on the Bright Lights, but I think Antics is a pretty good album. Not one of my favorites though. I give it a 4.

July 13th 2005


i haven't got the album but most likely will borrow it from someone. it seams like the reviewer is a bit baised but people have different views. from the songs i have heard then it seams like a cool album but i haven't heard all of the songs, so yeah.

July 13th 2005


this is one of my favorite albums of 2004
its so unique but it had to sink in soooo
best tracks
slow hands
public pervert This Message Edited On 07.13.05

July 13th 2005


Haha, the puppet is soo weird its eyes are scary... it definitely gets my attention but by the time the puppet enters the hosiptal my attention is somewhere else. It's good that Interpol are creative. There should be more dancing puppets on TV. This Message Edited On 07.13.05

July 14th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

This is a great, great album, but not quite up to the standards of Turn On The Bright Lights (except for Evil, probably my favorite Interpol song; hell, even the video is great). The trouble is, the singles really are far better than the rest of it. I don't know whether to give it 4.0 or 4.5, so I'll let my Interpol fanboy instincts guide me ;)

July 14th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

Oh yeah, Antics is one of the sleeper hits this year. Turn On The Bright Lights is just that little bit more powerful, though, however Interpol are one of the finest bands in this generation of music. I would give it 4.5/5. Scrummy! :D

Little Man being Erased
July 15th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

I really like Interpol.

July 15th 2005


Good review, i agree with most of the other commenter's on here, totbl is much better than antics, but antics has its good points. more precision. keep it up

July 15th 2005


Turn on the Bright Lights is definately better, but this still a pretty good album. I agree with a 3.5.

August 15th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

I think this is a 4 overall. I agree with the user rating right now. However, I do not agree with the panning of "Next Exit." Paul Banks may not be one of the world's best-loved lyricist, but he puts together a great stream of lyrics that really set the mood to that song.

"So make it with me

In preparation for tonight

We've got so much to leave

That's not what makes it right

We've been building up steam

Oh, ignited by this light

So do this thing with me

Instead of tying on a tight one tonight"

The album is about love, and so is this song. It seems to be about opening oneself to love despite what heartbreak one has experienced in the past, hence the title "Next Exit." It has a rather bleak, but strangely hopeful feel to it. It's kind of like "NYC" off of Turn on the Bright Lights. The instrumentation is simple, rather bland, but the message is powerful. I didn't particularly care for either track at the first listen, but both have grown on me. It is a track that rewards repeated listens, and although a 2 might be an expected first response, I think it merits at least a 4, if not a 5.

August 27th 2005


I quite like this CD. Many people don't like the vocals, but I find them quite relaxing. I think C'Mere (whcih has a weird video) and Evil are the best on this CD. Next Exit is horrible. And since there are only ten tracks (a dissapointment). I dislike Next Exit, Take You On a Cruise, and Public Pervert. I think you need to take this CD in seperate doses.

August 28th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

You said that Evil has a "simply amazing bassline". It's very mediocre. It sounds cool, but requires no talent at all.

August 28th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

Antics is an average album, Next Exit is absolutely stunning though.

Best tracks:

Next Exit


Slow Hands

Not Even Jail


Length of Love

the rest of the album is just boring.

Turn out the bright lights is just perfect.

August 28th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

And I agree with Bassist201. Carlos is one of the best bassists's of his genre right now, but "Evil" is probably his most simple track, its just bass-line driven.

October 26th 2005


these guys are great. something new! 'Slow Hands' is so fun to listen to, especially the chorus. These guys definately have potential. As for the review, seems VERY fanboyish. But decent anyway. Some good info.

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