Gush: ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ by Interpol

Working in a hip bar means gushing over good music with customers. One really awesome dude, about five years older than me got on a rant about the evolution of rock over the last twenty years. He said he’s finally given into the indie rock genre.

The dude who’s in his early thirties reminisced of the early 2000s, listing off the benchmark albums of that time. He specifically highlighted The National’s Boxer, The Strokes This Is It and Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights.

My introduction to Turn on the Bright Lights was through a fella I fancied in 2005, three years after the album’s release. My lost love raved about how good it was, especially in comparison to their follow-up, Antics. Ten years later I finally got to seeing them play live at Toronto festival, Field Trip.

Revisiting this album in the wee hours at work, I’ve gotta say that the customer at my work isn’t off and did me a huge favour to remind me how brilliant Turn on the Bright Lights is.

The first three songs are on repeat today.


I’m going to take a moment to point out how weird it is that Hamilton Leithauser is playing a gig on January 20, 2016, exactly 365 days after his last Toronto appearance. See:


I’m over-the-moon excited to see him play the DAKOTA TAVERN. Visit some of my past gushes about Leithauser and co.