Over the weekend, Interpol posted a note to their website announcing the completion of two things: 1) their forthcoming, “heavy record,” and 2) the tenure of bassist and lead vampire Carlos Dengler. Mr. D played on the record, but after its recording “informed the rest of us he would be leaving the band” to “pursue other goals.” Presumably those goals include furthering his career as a film and television composer, and taking care of his adorable Italian Greyhound. They’ve said the separation is “amicable.” Carlos will be replaced on tour with “some very exciting recruits” — plural — whom Interpol will identify in time for their upcoming dates with U2. In the meantime they’ve released the first MP3 from the album guitarist Sam Fogarino’s advertised as a return to Turn On The Bright Lights (fittingly titled “Lights“), and have detailed those summer shows opening for U2:
Curious to see what Interpol 2.0 looks like, but no doubt their shows will be so cold without the D (nailed it).
[Photo by Amrit Singh @ Coachella 2007]