Interpol’s one of those bands.

Around the turn of the century, post-punk indie groups including The Strokes, The Killers and, yes, Interpol broke out with head-bobbing-friendly guitar-based rock. Dance to it. Jump to it. Head to a show and rock out to it. A novel idea, eh?

Fast forward, and those records they released are now having anniversary tours and remastered rereleases. But some of those bands also faded away. The Strokes broke up. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs haven’t released a record in half a decade.

But Interpol is still rocking. They’re still making records. They’re still out there waiting for you like a patient and knowing friend.

In 2017, they celebrated the anniversary of debut record “Turn On the Bright Lights.” Last year, they released “Marauder.” And now, they’re rereleasing an anniversary edition of 2004’s “Antics.”

So I called guitarist Daniel Kessler to talk about all of it before the band comes to the Holland Performing Arts Center on Sunday.

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Q: After playing it for a year, do you guys have the songs from “Marauder” down pretty well?

A: We have quite a few songs down pretty well, but you know, it’s still humbling to play it because, you know, some of the songs we played a handful of times, which makes you very alert and attentive. You want to do the songs justice.

Q: You recorded a lot of the album to tape. Did that keep you focused?

A: It wasn’t to keep us more focused. It was more because the songs, we could play them from start to finish. We’ve always been a band that, kind of, we write everything in a rehearsal space. We kind of still keep that sort of mind frame when we’re writing. We were sending (producer) Dave (Fridmann) like rehearsal recordings of us playing live. I think he was excited because ... he liked the direction of the songs, and so he didn’t have too many revisions. And then he saw the opportunity, production-wise, to try to do this all to two-inch tape.

Q: What do you think of “Marauder” as a whole?

A: I think it’s a very vibey record and it definitely sounds like a band playing together. It’s not a perfect record as far as performances and so forth, but I think that’s part of the charm. Obviously, in this day and age, you can make everything so perfect and tidy.

Q: How much of the record are you guys playing?

A: We try to play stuff from, you know, all or most of our records in general. It’s just nice to do so. We tried to do five or six songs from “Marauder.”

Q: It’s kind of wild to think that “Turn On the Bright Lights” is more than 15 years old, but it’s cool to hear you play that stuff every night.

A: I never wanted to be a band that sort of distance themselves from things that they did previously. We didn’t get to make a record until four years after we’d been a band, and so it was a real dream to finally have that opportunity. And also having a very limited budget and time in the studio made you really focus on like, well, I want this to be timeless. I’m not saying it is timeless by any stretch, but I’m saying for me personally, I wanted to be OK with this forever.

I never liked in interviews or live when bands would sort of distance themselves from records that I liked a lot. It just sort of killed it a little bit, so I just didn’t want to do that. When we played songs from “Bright Lights,” it’s not like, “Here we go again.” I can tap into why we wrote that song in the first place. I feel very fortunate about that.

Q: It’s exciting to have you guys back in Omaha.

A: It’s been a long time coming. We’re looking forward to it.

Lincoln Calling is taking over the Capital City next week

The annual music festival kicks off Wednesday in downtown Lincoln.

I’ll write more about it in next week’s column, but headliners include Lee Fields & The Expressions, Soccer Mommy and Charly Bliss. Find a full lineup at

Venues include the Zoo Bar, 1867, Bodega’s, Duffy’s, Bourbon Theatre and the Night Market stage.

Tickets are available at

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Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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