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Rock band Interpol recharges for summer festivals

New York rock band Interpol will return to duty this summer for a run of European and North American festival dates, beginning July 3 in Norway.

The trek will likely be the last in support of the band’s 2007 album, “Our Love To Admire,” before it gets busy on its next album. The only North American date confirmed so far is the Pemberton Festival in British Columbia on July 26.

“We didn’t really do much of the summer festivals last year,” drummer Sam Fogarino told Billboard.com. “It will be the last hit-it-home, end-on-a-good note.”

The new album, its first for Capitol Records, has sold 194,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan; Interpol’s two prior sets, released on the indie Matador label, have each sold at least 477,000 units.

Fogarino said the switch to the big leagues “rattled the foundations a little bit. Never to the extreme, but things finally felt realistic. The first two albums were kind of a blur. We could never believe what was going on. Now our feet are touching the ground.”

He expected the band would start work on a new album in the fall, when “we’ll get together and start hearing what (guitarist) Daniel (Kessler)’s been up to.”

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