10 Years of FILTER: Issue #2 Revisited, Getting To Know Interpol, Jazzanova + More (September, 2002)
By Staff on January 16, 2012
2012 marks FILTER Magazine‘s tenth year in print. To celebrate, we are looking back at some of our favorite magazine features, from July 2002’s Issue #1 all the way up to this coming November’s Issue #50.
Getting To Know is a section in the magazine that serves as a good gauge for our predictions of greatness. In FILTER Issue #2, released September 2002, we introduced Haven, Interpol, Division of Laura Lee, Jazzanova and The Cato Salsa Experience. Here is a brief look at those artists, then and now.
Stay tuned for Issue #2's complete "Björk: Look Back In Wonder" cover story to be posted later this week.
Getting to Know Recap
ISSUE 2: September 2002
Photo by Pieter van Hattem
Where They Were Then: The dapper New York foursome—composed of singer/guitarist Paul Banks, bassist Carlos D, drummer Sam Fogarino and guitarist Daniel Kessler—released their glowing debut, Turn on the Bright Lights, on Matador Records in August of 2002.
Where They Are Now: In the 10 years since the release of Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol has released three more albums: Antics (2004), Our Love to Admire (2007) and Interpol (2010). While the band signed with Capitol Records in 2006, Banks put out a record of his own, Julian Plenti is… Skyscraper on Matador in 2009, and Fogarino formed a duo with Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin called Magnetic Morning. The group also parted ways with Carlos D in 2010, hiring indie mainstays David Pajo on bass and Secret Machines keyboardist/vocalist Brandon Curtis to fill on tour. Pajo has now been replaced on tours by former Animal Collective collective member Brad Truax.
FILTER said: While cars filled with parents line up outside CBGB’s to pick up their little revolutionaries, Interpol is corrupting a whole new batch of runaways at the other end of town.
Band said: “None of us has an over-arching sense of what the band should sound like and no one ever shoots down a song because they think a certain song doesn’t fit our vibe. Sometimes it just takes a little while for everyone to be satisfied.” –Paul Banks
Photo by Micky Smith
Where They Were Then: Produced by none other than The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, the British four piece released their first record, Between the Senses, in early 2002. Haven had toured with countrymen Badly Drawn Boy and New Order and also signed with Virgin Records.
Where They Are Now: In 2004, they put out their sophomore album All for a Reason and broke up the next year. Vocalist Gary Briggs and guitarist Nat Watson would give it another go as members of The Strays and most recently Freebass. The latter—which also included New Order’s Peter Hook, The Stone Roses’ Gary Mounfield and The Smiths’ Andy Rourke—broke up in 2010. Former Haven bassist Iwan Gronow and drummer Jack Mitchell also pressed on and are currently in Mutineers.
FILTER said: Haven isn’t really from Manchester, but they’ve been living there long enough for its grit and grime and its salty seaport energy to make its way under their skin and into their sound.
Band said: “Nothing felt more real and more safe than when the rehearsal door was shut. In the music, I was free to go wherever I wanted.” –Gary Briggs
Photo by Chris Mottalini
Band: Division of Laura Lee
Where They Were Then: These Swedes’ latest effort, Black City, had already hit the streets and they were getting ready for their first Stateside tour in the fall.
Where They Are Now: DoLL have a few more records to their name; including 97-99 (2003), Das Not Compute (2004) and Violence Is Timeless (2008). Late last year, they made a new song (“Cabin Jam”) available to stream or for download on their website.
FILTER said: Division of Laura Lee, yet another Burning Heart Records export, along with the Hives, has been lumped into the mass of Stooge-thrash themselves, even though these cats use a far greater assortment of sounds and styles than their starry-eyed brothers.
Band said: “We grew up with punk in the early ‘90s—Fugazi, Sonic Youth, Drive Like Jehu and the like—but also old soul music, the records of Television, The Velvet Underground, plus My Bloody Valentine and Ride. What we were and are really seeking to do, is not be ordinary or typical.” –Per Stålberg
Photo by Ben Wolf
Where They Were Then: Jazzanova’s Claas Brelier spoke to FILTER the day before the release of their first full-length, 2002’s In Between, about their role in ushering in the nu-jazz movement.
Where They Are Now: They live to dance another day. The Berlin group has released a handful of remixes and compilations as well as another album, Of All the Things, in 2008. Upside Down, their latest effort, will hits streets this month and they begin a European tour in February.
FILTER said: Jazanova, along with London’s 4Hero, are the founding fathers of the nu-jazz movement. It was a reaction against the “coldness” found in club music of the mid ’90s, and an extension of the mojo found in early ‘90s acid jazz. And like all great dancefloor innovations, it began in the clubs.
Band said: “We were playing old tunes so often,” says Claas of their extensive residency at the Berlin-based Delicious Donut. “Everything from Brazil to folk to soul to hip-hop to…everything. We wanted to transfer the feeling of these songs to electronic productions, only make it fresher.”
Photo by Kim Nygard
Band: The Cato Salsa Experience
Where They Were Then: The Scandinavian rock and rollers were touring behind their debut A Good Tip for a Good Time and working on their next record.
Where They Are Now: Since then The Cato Salsa Experience have put out The Fruit is Still Fresh, Sounds Like a Sandwich (with The Thing and Joe McPhee), Cato Salsa Experience No. 3 and 2007’s Two Bands and a Legend (also with their former collaborators). It’s hard to say where they are today; they’ve fallen off the map.
FILTER said: From the country that invented paperclips and gave us A-Ha, Norway now brings us The Cato Salsa Experience, a spunky little band that has about as much in common with the whiny grunge of the ’90s as they do with the garage rock from the ’60s which they emulate.
Band said: “People call us a garage rock band, but we consider ourselves to be a rock and roll band because that’s what we like to play. The garage tag is just common because we’re in a garage rock wave of music right now.” –Christian Engfelt
PREVIOUS "10 YEARS OF FILTER" FEATURES
Issue #1 (July 2002) Getting To Know: Bright Eyes, Doves, Balligomingo, South and Breakestra
Issue #1 (July 2002) Cover Story: On the Dark Side of the Moon with Weezer