Interpol Split With Bassist Carlos Dengler

New York rockers reveal plans to tour behind "heavy" fourth album

May 10, 2010 1:49 PM ET

Last week Interpol revealed they're prepping their upcoming fourth album. But in a fresh message to fans over the weekend on their official site, the New York rockers announced one of their most well-known members, bassist Carlos Dengler, has left the band and won't be joining the group when they hit the road this summer. Dengler, who contributed to the recording of Interpol's still-untitled fourth album, made the decision after the sessions wrapped. "He has decided to follow another path, and to pursue new goals," Interpol write. "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."

While Dengler, who is known professionally as Carlos D, hasn't announced what projects he'll tackle in the future, the bassist has shown some interest in film directing and acting in recent years. He's written and scored arty short films like Golgotha and directed commercials for iPhone and Johnny Walker. (Dengler features much of his work on his official site.) As for who might replace Dengler, Interpol wrote, "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." Dengler has always been a key part of Interpol's stage show, known for striking wide-legged poses while plucking out basslines as much as for his unique fashion sense, which has included custom (empty) gun holsters.

Interpol, who recently unleashed their new song "Lights" as a free download, also offered up some more details regarding their upcoming album. The LP was recorded at New York's Electric Lady Studios and mixed by Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails). "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," the band writes. Interpol will be among the opening acts for the second leg of U2's 360° Tour in the U.S. and will also plot their own dates in support of their new album.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

More Song Stories entries »