It’s almost like a plot line from the hit film “Almost Famous.”
A pretty famous rock band – Interpol – gets stuck on its tour bus for nearly 50 hours, frozen in by an epic 6 feet of snow that has them trapped in Buffalo, N.Y.
Will they kill each other?
Will egos and love triangles and long brewing bitter jealously have them nearly strangling one another? (“Almost Famous” fans know things fell apart for Stillwater – “a mid-level band struggling with their own limitations in the harsh face of stardom” – when its plane almost crashed.)
The good news is: Yes, everyone is a little stir crazy. And they haven’t showered. But the band, whose first album in four years, “El Pintor,” is out, is doing great, the members report. They survived on “dry goods and vodka.”
They called the rescuing firefighters in a tweet: “awesome. They just are yo. Serious ballers during these conditions.”
As Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) said in Thursday morning’s news conference, he totally gets it. He expressed empathy for all those stuck on highways.
Alone. Together. For seemingly ever.
“My heart goes out to them. It must have been a horrifying experience to be stuck on the Thruway for 10, 12 hours in a car,” he said, in reference to the dozens who were fenced in by the wall of snow.
“You have husbands and wives who are stuck in a car for that period of time,” Cuomo said. “I don’t care how good your marriage is, that’s a long time to be sitting in a car with your spouse.”
“The latest epic east coast winter storm has devastated commerce, taken lives, and has now ruined a classic Noughties band’s long-awaited comeback tour. The guys in Interpol, who are in the midst of a multi-city jaunt to support their new album, El Pintor, have apparently been trapped inside their tour bus for almost two whole days. ”
It continues: “Obviously, it’s only gotten worse from there. The guys are drinking themselves into oblivion, praying to be released from their wintery tomb, and doing their best not to eat each other like that movie about those guys who eat each other.”
Any-hoo, the band had to cancel its show in Toronto due to the historic levels of snow.
It released a statement to its Canadian fans saying the following:
Our bus is trapped in a snowstorm just outside of Buffalo. We haven’t moved our position on the road in over nine hours. Unfortunately, we’ll have to cancel tonight’s concert at the Kool Haus. We were greatly looking forward to the show but the big bad winter has come early this year. We will be informing people of a new date as soon as we can.
Rolling Stone describes the band’s 2002 debut, “Turn on the Bright Lights,” as one which “staked out their position as a dark, sexy post-punk counterpart to fellow New York bands like the Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.”
The band members have survived other storms in the past. The most recent one happened when their founding bassist/keyboardist/co-writer Carlos Dengler, “whose moody flair was a crucial part of the band’s sound and image,” quit before they even had a chance to mix the LP, according to Rolling Stone.
But now, thanks to the tireless and brave Buffalo and state snow removers, they are almost free.