Independent rock group Interpol will perform at the Thunderdome tonight at 8 p.m.
The show will feature opening act School of Seven Bells — consisting of Benjamin Curtis of Secret Machines and identical twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza of On!Air!Library! — and offer standing room only. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Interpol was formed in New York in 1997 and has released four publically acclaimed studio albums since 2002. They will be performing at this April’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival in Indio, Calif.
Ali Abbas, Associated Students Program Board special events coordinator, said this concert will be a great alternative for students unable to attend the aforementioned music festival.
“With Coachella being sold out, I would recommend that people check out this band,” Abbas, a third-year global studies major, said. “It is a good alternative for people who don’t want to spend all that money on a festival and it’s right here on campus.”
Program Board Commissioner Rae Yamamoto, a fourth-year black studies and art history major, said the concert experience will be relatively personal at the Thunderdome, also known as the UCSB Events Center, as it seats only 3,800.
“Having artists this big come to our school and want to play for a smaller crowd should attract students that want to have a more intimate experience with the band,” Yamamoto said. “It’ll be a different vibe than being at a big festival.”
Additionally, Jessica Irwin, a second-year actuarial science major, said anyone familiar with the band won’t be disappointed with the performance.
“It’s sure to be a great show and [students] should be introduced to the musical stylings of Interpol if they haven’t been already,” Irwin said. “Paul Banks is sexy and his voice is like silky satin. They have poetry in their music in terms of lyrics and instruments. They make me feel like I’m listening to a real band with real music.”
Pre-sale tickets, available at the A.S. ticket office, are available for $23 for students and $33 for non-students. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $38.