Not two weeks after a mysterious, late night mp3 release, Interpol has revealed some unfortunate news. Bassist Carlos Dengler has quit the band. Interpol posted the following statement on its website:
As some of you have surely heard, Interpol has completed it’s new album.
It was recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, and mixed with Alan Moulder at Assault and Battery, London.
The four of us poured our collective heart into this music and we are very proud and excited to share it.
It’s a heavy record. But we’re feeling limber; and we’re going to carry it all around the world for you.
Touring begins this summer, so check here soon for announcements and show dates.
There is more:
Sadly, Carlos will not be joining us.
After the completion of the album, Carlos informed the rest of us that he would be leaving the band. He has decided to follow another path, and to pursue new goals. This separation is amicable, and we whole-heartedly wish him great happiness and success. We will remain, as always, deeply respectful fans of this blazingly talented individual.
We can tell you that we have some very exciting new recruits joining us on the road. So stay tuned – we will promptly be revealing the identities of these illustrious players.
We eagerly await the opportunity to reconvene with you all
– the greatest fans known to Rock.
I’m not a big fan of replacing band members, particularly ones that are so integral to the core sound as Mr. Dengler was. There are always exceptions, though. I understand that Interpol feels the need to tour the new record, but any future releases would just seem odd without him.