Dave Pajo is out of the band

Interpol have lost their second bassist in under a year.

The departing Dave Pajo told fans via Interpolnyc.com that he has quit playing with the band to spend more time with his family. He’ll be replaced with immediate effect with Brad Truax, who has previously played with Home and Jah Division.

It is the second time Interpol have announced the departure of a bassist in a year, with long-time member Carlos Dengler’s exit confirmed in May 2010.

Pajo had been a touring member of the band since Dengler left, but didn’t play on any of their records.

Interpol members Paul Banks, Dan Kessler and Sam Fogarino paid tribute to him, and denied there was a rift between either party.

“We’re all friends,” they stated. “It’s just an out-of-the-hotel, into-the-home sorta thing. He’s going to be missed to be sure. Aside from being an exceptional musician, Pajo is a wonderful person to be around.”

Interpol‘s first gig with Truax is set to take place at Hamburg Docks on March 3.