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Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights

Contributed by George Olsen on Jun 13th, 2017. Artwork published in
August 2002
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    Vinyl rear

    Album artwork for Interpol’s debut album, Turn on the Bright Lights.

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    CD rear

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    1 Comment on “Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights

    1. Jun 13th, 2017  3:54 pm

      Designer Sean McCabe:

      “I happened to work with Matador by way of working with Interpol. I started working with Interpol just before they signed with Matador, and as is often the case with indie labels, the artists tend to bring in their own people to create original artwork for packaging and such. The same thing somewhat happened with Merge, as Britt Daniel of Spoon contacted me one day and was interested in working with me based on my work with Interpol, as well as some other smaller, unknown bands he had seen my work for. It was more luck and just hard work. I spent a few years before and during that – working mostly for free, or for next to nothing, on the side for many bands, while I did other more banal jobs that paid the bills. Once I developed a large body of work, and once people out there started seeing what I was doing – then things just progressed from there fairly quickly. People started stealing show posters I did for local bands here in NYC as soon as they were put up, and I guess word just started spreading around, which surprises me, as I never once promoted myself nor ever signed my name or gave myself any credit on any posters that I did. People would go to the band website, look me up there, and contact me then through the bands site. I was awful at promoting myself. I thought doing the first Interpol album would instantly lead to more work, but it really didnt lead to any right away – it took almost a year – and by then, I had other work that I felt was even better to show people.”

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