Interpol’s Paul Banks Confirms No Carlos D At ‘Bright Lights’ Gigs

Interpol fans hoping for the return of Carlos D better keep dreaming.

After Interpol announced their upcoming 15th anniversary tour for Turn on the Bright Lights, many longtime fans thought the throwback concerts might see a return of Carlos Dengler, the band’s founding bassist. However, as Interpol frontman Paul Banks stated this week, he doesn’t even keep in contact with Dengler.

In no uncertain terms, Banks stated that Carlos would not be rejoining the band for the celebratory gigs. Dengler played bass on Turn on the Bright Lights, and was an integral part of the New York City rock band from their formation in 1998 until his exit from the group in 2010. Now, it looks like Carlos is out for good.

Carlos Dengler of Interpol performs at the KROQ Weenie Roast 2007 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 19, 2007 in Irvine, California.
Bassist Carlos Dengler performs with Interpol in 2007. [Image by Michael Buckner/Getty Images]

As reported by Pitchfork, Banks said that Carlos D won’t rejoin Interpol for the shows. In fact, the music publication makes abundantly clear that Paul “categorically stated that estranged bassist Carlos Dengler will not join them on their upcoming tour.” The quote from Banks apparently came from the musician’s recent interview with Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 radio. Pitchfork presented an audio clip of Paul’s statement.

“That’s a hypothetical that’s… I don’t think it’s likely that he’s going to reach out. I really think Carlos is doing his own thing now. I understand why people would be interested in that, but the reality is, the social dynamic… is that I don’t have any contact with Carlos.”

“There has not been any discussion,” Banks told Wilkinson, before revealing that he no longer keeps in contact with his former Interpol bandmate.

Interpol performs on stage at Splendour In the Grass 2014 on July 25, 2014 in Byron Bay, Australia.
Interpol's current lineup (L-R: Daniel Kessler, Banks, and Sam Fogarino) without Dengler. [Image by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images]


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Dengler, a founding member of the band, played bass for Interpol starting with that first album, Turn on the Bright Lights, until their 2010 self-titled album, Interpol. Although he appeared on Interpol, he left immediately following the album’s sessions and did not perform on the band’s subsequent supporting tours.

In Dengler’s stead, live bass duties in the band were handled by Slint guitarist David Pajo in 2010, before landing in the lap of musician Brad Truax. Presumably, Traux (as well as live Interpol keyboardist Brandon Curtis) will be performing with the band for the upcoming Turn on the Bright Lights anniversary gigs.

Here is a photo of Interpol singer-guitarist Paul Banks smoking a cigarette.
Banks smokes a cigarette backstage, 2003. [Image by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]

In an interview with Interpol drummer Fogarino promoting the 10th anniversary re-release of Turn on the Bright Lights in 2012, the Athens, Georgia-based percussionist recalled his time performing with the bygone Interpol bassist. Fogarino told SPIN that he often misses the contributions of Carlos.

“When we were putting this reissue together, there were moments where I missed Carlos. There was a part of me that took it personally when he left. […] But I still love him. I miss the times when we were a unit together.”

Will Carlos D and Interpol ever patch it up?

Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights Tour dates:

08/09 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Music Bar
08/10 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena
08/12 – Buftea, Romania @ Summer Well Festival
08/13 – Belgrade, Serbia @ Belgrade Fortress
08/15 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival
08/16 – Munich, Germany @ Muffathalle
08/19 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Den Atelier
08/20 – St. Malo, France @ La Route Du Rock
08/22 – Asolo, Italy @ AMA Music Festival
08/23 – Milan, Italy @ Carroponte
08/25 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Zurich Open Air Festival
08/27 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ The Koncerthuset
08/29 – Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013
08/30 – Groningen, Netherlands @ Oosterpoort
09/01 – London, England @ Alexandra Palace
09/03 – Manchester, England @ Albert Hall
09/05 – Paris, France @ Le Trianon
09/09 – Madrid, Spain @ DCode Festival
09/23 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
09/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ LA State Historic Park

Below, check out Interpol’s live video for “Anywhere.”

Do you miss Carlos D? Do you think the one-time Interpol musician and the band will ever again be on good terms? Are you planning on attending any of Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights anniversary concerts?

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