Interpol Dave Pajo by Andrew Youssef

David Pajo is leaving Interpol, less than a year after joining the band as a touring member. The band announced the lineup change yesterday on their website. According to the post, which also includes a message from Pajo, his exit is completely amicable, and that he wants to stop touring as much to focus on his family. The band call it an “Out-of-the-hotel, Into-the-home sorta thing” and also praise Pajo for his musicianship and his sense of humor. Brad Truax of Home, White Magic, and many other bands, will join Interpol as their new touring bassist. Read Pajo’s full goodbye letter below:

I would like to announce that I will no longer be performing live with Interpol on their upcoming campaign. I’ll be taking a break from touring to focus on family. There are no personal, artistic or health reasons—it’s really as simple as that!

I would like to thank Paul, Daniel, Sam, Brandon, everyone in the crew, and all of the Interpol fans for the remarkable support and patronage they have shown me during my time with them. I feel a tremendous amount of love and respect for everyone involved and will genuinely miss them.

I will continue to record and perform music, with bands as well as solo, I just won’t be touring as much.

I am truly grateful for the experience and look forward to enjoying Interpol in the future, as a fan and friend.

Walk in light, walk in darkness.

February 20, 2011

[Photo by Andrew Youssef]

Comments (2)
  1. Wow, BIG SHOCK!

    He’s done this with every band he’s played in except for Slint. He joins a band, becomes a big contributor as opposed to just a hired hand, becomes apart of their aesthetic for a year maybe, then bails. I’m sorry for being so critical and he IS a very talented musician but c’mon some consistency, please. I mean, who didn’t see this coming. I don’t why I’m so pissed and spitting vitriol but it all comes back to Carlos: how huge his shadow is and how much his departure is gonna haunt this band. They shouldn’t have continued after Carlos left. I know Paul writes the songs, but his musicianship and more importantly, Carlos’ aesthetic, was an integral part of the band – perhaps even embodied it – and image walks hand and hand with the music of this band whether you like it or not. Carlos is irreplacable. And now Interpol is gonna be nothing more than a band with a revolving door bass player policy. If Interpol does find a permanent replacement and continues with a image, they need to change their image to reflect the change.

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