The biggest question looming over Interpol this summer has been why exactly did longtime bassist Carlos D quit? Well, someone over at EyeWeekly got drummer Sam Fogarino to talk about it, and it's apparently just over touring and him not wanting to be tied to a bass forever:
Fogarino blames the rigors of touring for the timing of Carlos D's exit (“Touring’s a bitch — he didn’t like it”), but he also claims that, as Interpol’s primary arranger, Carlos D had greater musical aspirations than simply picking up the low end.
“Carlos really doesn’t like playing the bass guitar. How integral is the bass to Interpol music? I mean, it’s huge. It’s a total harmonic component. It’s hook-laden. But he really, really didn’t like the bass. It’s not his instrument of choice, and it definitely wasn’t his first instrument.”
But here's what's more interesting: Apparently no one in the band has talked to D in quite some time.
As he lazingly smoked a cigarette on the tour bus before tonight’s Kool Haus gig, Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino revealed that the band aren’t on speaking terms with their moustachioed former collaborator.
“I haven’t spoken to him in ages,” Fogarino says. “I think it’s kind of understandable. If you relate it to a romantic relationship — when you spend 10 years together and you finally break up, you’re not gonna be on the phone every day. “I think it has a lot to do with the phase that we’re in. We’re on tour, and I don’t think he wants to hear about it. [If I said], ‘Hey Carlos, I’m at the Kool Haus in Toronto! You remember that place? I’m on the back of the tour bus.’ He’d probably go, ‘Ughhhh!’"
Fight! Fight! Fight! It seems like there has been some discontent in camp Interpol for a while--remember that Spin cover story where it was revealed they don't even like each other?--so it's not really surprising Carlos doesn't talk to anyone. But still. Too bad Carlos left--he's been the most interesting thing going in that band for a while. [via Daily Swarm]