The indie world is reeling from the news that everyone’s favourite moustachioed enigma – Carlos Dengler of Interpol (pictured left) – has quit the band. Here are 11 facts about the dapper legend.
NME once wrote of the bassist: “Part fascist pimp, part Louis XVI, Carlos D is the embodiment of everything we’ve ever wanted our rock stars to be.”
He owns an Italian greyhound named after depraved Roman despot Caligula.
Carlos is a committed hedonist, but has quit drugs for the sake of his health. “I’ve had enough parties to last me a lifetime,” he told us in 2007. “The seams of my organs were being ripped apart.”
While not playing bass with Interpol, Carlos composes classical scores for TV. He describes this as his “coping mechanism”.
Something of an indie style icon, Carlos can often be seen wearing an empty gun holster. He has never fully explained why, except to say that it looks "bad-ass".
Carlos met future Interpol guitarist Daniel Kessler while studying philosophy and history at New York University. Until the band took off his primary ambition was to be an academic.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Carlos is of mixed German and Colombian descent.
He's never been the creative lynchpin of Interpol. He once explained that his main role was to "just add to what's already there". Indeed, he doesn't even write all his own bass lines.
Ever the renaissance man, Carlos has written and scored a rather gloomy short flim called Golgotha. Watch it here.
More recently, Carlos produced a 26-minute film called My Friends Told Me About You. In an amazingly pretentious press release, he explained that the movie was all about celebrity. "Celebrity is a kind of affliction," he wrote. "A malaise, in essence, a condition."
Carlos contributed to Interpol’s forthcoming fourth album, but will not be touring in support of it. In a statement on their official site, the band said: "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."