New interview at Rolling Stone. Some highlights:
"No one was blindsided when Carlos left," says Banks. "Marriages end,
you know? It's a miracle that we did more than two records."
Banks hasn't stayed in touch with Dengler, but he says there's no bad
blood between them. Sam Fogarino, Interpol's longtime drummer, is less
diplomatic. "Carlos had very narcissistic tendencies," Fogarino says
over the phone a few days later. "It got to the point where he was
dismissive of the notion of a rock band. All of a sudden, he had no
respect for something that we still love. That's kind of hard to
Paul: "As the Lord above has ordained it, everyone is now upon my dick!"
Adds Banks, "It was like, 'Wow, fuck, there's new creative DNA here,
and the molecule is sustaining.' We're new beasts now, and we're
This thought leads him off on a tangent about Splice, the
2009 sci-fi film starring Adrien Brody: "Ever seen that? Crazy movie,
man – they make an alien, then he bangs it. Sorry – spoiler. But I would
compare this album to that."
Kessler laughs and shakes his head. "If that doesn't sell," says the guitarist, "I don't know what will."