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Members of Interpol & Spoon reflect on 15th anniversary of milestone 2007 albums

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Indie rock fans were eating well on July 10, 2007.

Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of both Interpol‘s Our Love to Admire and Spoon‘s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, significant albums in both bands’ careers.

Coming off Interpol’s first two albums, which for readers of Spin magazine and Pitchfork might as well have been Beatles records for how revered they were, Our Love to Admire marked the “Evil” group’s first — and only — major label full-length, and is their first — and only — top-five Billboard 200 release.

“I think the record itself is a very natural step into where Interpol was going at that time,” guitarist Daniel Kessler tells ABC Audio, mentioning the inclusion of more keyboards and other new sonic elements. “I think we were pushing ourselves in more musical, musician kind of ways versus trying to do things that we hope will appeal to a mass audience.”

Fifteen years later, Kessler feels that Our Love to Admire, which includes the single “The Heinrich Maneuver,” has “held up well.”

“I feel like that record has matured well with our fans over time,” he says.

Like Interpol did on Our Love to Admire, Spoon introduced some new elements to their sounds with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, such as horns on the single “The Underdog.” The record gave Spoon their first top-10 on the Billboard 200, along with some other memorable “milestones” for the band.

“The major one being playing SNL,” says drummer Jim Eno. “That was probably the highlight of my Spoon career, I think. I mean, that was just amazing.” 

The Interpol/Spoon connection continues 15 years later this summer when they launch their co-headlining Lights, Camera, Factions Tour, kicking off August 25 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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