Interpol is often regarded as one of the best bands to have emerged from the New York City scene in the early 2000’s. Their debut, “Turn On the Bright Lights,” is still considered by many to be a modern classic, and though their last album, “Our Love To Admire” was a hit or miss, it was only because they had the daunting task of following up two amazing albums while transitioning to a major label. The band recently finished recording a new album, set to release later this year, that they say will return to the sound of “Turn On the Bright Lights.” It seems as though Interpol is primed for a comeback this year, though one of them will not make the trip.

In a note on their website, the band announced that bassist Carlos Dengler has decided to leave the band:

“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.”

While no formal replacement has been announced, the band assured fans that “we have some very exciting new recruits joining us on the road.”

Dengler was a key ingredient in separating Interpol from their contemporaries. Several of the group’s best songs were built along his bass lines, which were often catchy, clean sounding, and just as important a part of the mix as the guitars. Additionally, his trademark style of wearing his bass low and use a pick to play was a nod to his main influence, former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook. Off the stage, he gained status as a fashion-forward icon and a short film director. He also worked on scores for several films and commercials in addition to remixing songs by Nine Inch Nails and VHS or Beta among others.

It will be interesting to see who Interpol recruits to replace Dengler. As with any bands made up of distinct personalities, not seeing him on stage will take some getting used to. Fortunately, his presence will be felt when the band releases album number four, where fans can hear him play one last time.

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