The bassist (real name Carlos Dengler) left Interpol in 2010 after completing work on their self-titled fourth album. A statement at the time claimed that Dengler “decided to follow another path and to pursue new goals”.
Now Dengler has spoken to Bedford + Bowery about how feeling uninspired by a Coldplay gig helped him realise that he needed to take a different creative direction.
“I think the moment for me, and it’s funny to think that this is the occasion for it, but when Coldplay— our old manager was Coldplay’s manager— played Saturday Night Live, he offered us tickets,” he explained.
“And when I felt so much titillation and excitement over all the skits— Jon Hamm was the host— and looking at how they were being performed. And then when Coldplay came on, I felt bored, quite frankly. I knew then that there was something going on with me, some kind of identity shift, really. It really troubled me.”
“I was not really mentally all that well while I was in Interpol,” Dengler added. “I had many substance and process addictions that I was coping with. And I was, you know, the classic VH1 Behind the Music story of upward rise and downward fall. The only difference was that— because I didn’t have such a good relationship with my bandmates— I wasn’t willing to be in the band with them while I experienced my crash.”
“I didn’t want anyone in the music industry to see me fall that way. It was beyond anything, like, that I would want anyone to know about. It shook my very belief in the career I was even pursuing inside of music.”
Dengler, who also says that the band underwent a group counselling session prior to his departure, continued: “I think as lamentable as some people feel my departure from the band is, it is the best case scenario because I think everyone involved has been better off as a result of my departure”.
Elsewhere in the interview, Carlos D revealed that he has trained as an actor and that he is now looking for work.
“I’m auditioning and looking for an agent. Really, I just graduated. Also, it’s not fair for me to even say, ‘This is what I’m doing.’ I spent three years in acting boot camp [at NYU] and I’m a 41-year-old man. I’m no spring chicken. So I’m looking at some of my younger classmates and how they’re coming out of the gate with fire under their asses and they’re doing a lot of stuff. I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s pretty fucking impressive.’ I just don’t have that ability right now. I’m still putting all of the pieces together.”
Dengler recently starred in Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Jersey Lily, a play running at the Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont.
Explaining how the role came about, Dengler said: “I auditioned for it while I was in school. It was a good play to do, to not have to worry about digging too deep. It was more of a satire Sherlock Holmes than a straight-up Sherlock Holmes story. It had elements of both. Sherlock Holmes fans were very pleased, but there was also a lot of comedy.”
Interpol released their fifth album ‘El Pintor’ in September 2014, their first album without Dengler. Read the NME review.