Interpol’s fourth album is out now, but that album will be forever overshadowed by Carlos D’s departure. Like in this interview in Spinner, where drummer Sam Fogarino is forced to talk about D more than the new album. Forgarino says he’s “happy” Carlos D left the band, mostly because he was unhappy:
Are you at all sad that with Carlos gone you won’t have the same line-up forever?
No. With all due respect to Mr. Carlos D., I’m glad that he left, and that he’s happy. Because I’m happy here, and I don’t want to be around people that are unhappy. I never want to go through that again. Nobody should. The idea of grovelling to someone who doesn’t want to be with you anymore, and you come out thinking,”What was I thinking? Why did I put every last essence of my person into this person, so they wouldn’t leave me?” Why the f— would I want them around, if they want me to change, or just aren’t happy with my mere existence. So I’m sorry, but we’re better off. I don’t care how sexy he is. [Laughs] Sorry girls!
But the more interesting part of the interview is when Fogarino discusses the band’s jump to Capitol and the backlash against Our Love to Admire:
Why is there this sense of disappointment with your last record, ‘Our Love To Admire?’ It’s not like you went and made [Metallica’s] ‘Load.’
There is a black cloud over it. I think people were ready to give a bit of a backlash to the band. In terms of how the band felt, it was just a weird time: new label, new management, being really road beaten. The whole thing. I’m still pleased with a lot of the music on the record, but in comparison to ‘Antics’ there was a great sense of disappointment. We’d also moved on to Capitol Records, who brought you Radiohead, and Sparklehorse and this other great legacy stuff. And then as soon as we rolled tape for ‘OLTA,’ [those people] were gone. And then it just kept tumbling from there. I don’t know if that caused internal strife, but simultaneously, the band wasn’t happy. For no one reason, there was just this blanket unhappiness.
It’s true that they didn’t make Load, but come on interviewer: That album had a song called “No I in Threesome.” Some of that backlash was on the band. Not people wanting to hate Interpol. But there’s a good point re: Interpol’s major label jump: The people that brought them there were moved out shortly after the band signed, which meant the band had a short leash and no allies at the label. Which probably explains why they’re back on Matador. To read the whole interview, go here.