And Interpol's debut, Turn on the Bright Lights, couldn't have come along at a better time. With the film 24 Hour Party People making Manchester a household (or at least an arthouse-hold) name again, post-punk nostalgia is just about due. Though the members of the band are all American, they've got those dissonantly catchy Mancunian sonics down -- but with less Ian Curtis-style pathos and a little more life. There's a peculiar charge in hearing Banks bellow a come-on such as "I'm going to play with the braids that you came here with tonight" in his doomed moan. It's like a snapshot of a man overcoming his own demons.
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