Interpol (EP)

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EP by Interpol
Released June 4, 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Post-punk revival,[1] indie rock[1]
Length 16:01
Label Matador Records
Producer Interpol
Interpol chronology
Turn on the Bright Lights
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 9.3/10[2]
PopMatters positive[3]
Stylus B[4]

Interpol is the third EP release by New York post-punk revival[1] band Interpol. It was released on 4 June 2002, and was the band's first release on the Matador Records label.

Information and reception[edit]

The EP received much critical acclaim, and garnered the band a healthy amount of attention before the release of their first full length, Turn on the Bright Lights. The EP also helped the band shed accusations of cloning early post-punk bands like Joy Division, establishing an individual sound that expanded upon rather than copied the band's influences.[2][5]

The EP originally sold for $3.98 off of Matador Records' website.[6]

"PDA" is one of the oldest songs by Interpol and has appeared on many of their early demos and EPs (included their first demo tape, the Fukd I.D. EP, and the Precipitate EP).

Between the releases of the Interpol EP and Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol released "PDA" as a promo single along with a music video, directed by Christopher Mills.[7]

"PDA" was nominated for a MTV2 award in 2003[8] and is a playable track on Rock Band 2.

"PDA" was featured in Foundation's skateboard movie "That's Life" as background music during Justin Strubing's part.

The same versions of "PDA" and "NYC" were later released on Turn on the Bright Lights, while "Specialist" was released as a bonus track to a 2005 re-release of the album.[9]

Treble magazine rated the EP the 39th best single of the decade.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "PDA" – 5:02
  2. "NYC" – 4:20
  3. "Specialist" – 6:39


  1. ^ a b c d Kellman, Andy. "Interpol (EP) - Interpol". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  2. ^ a b c Carr, Eric (2002-07-16). "Interpol: Interpol EP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  3. ^ Dlugacz, Adam (2002-07-31). "Interpol: The Interpol EP". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  4. ^ McElligatt, Colin (2003-09-01). "Interpol - Interpol EP - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  5. ^ Interpol : Interpol - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
  6. ^ Matador Records | Interpol
  7. ^ "RES ALERT December 5, 2002". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  8. ^ "MTV Awards 2003: The winners". 2003-07-24. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  9. ^ Kellman, Andy. "((( Turn on the Bright Lights [Bonus Track] > Overview )))". Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  10. ^ "Best Singles of the 00's".