Listening to Coldplay’s made a lot of people make some rash decisions, but never could we expect it to be the reason for a band nearly splitting up.
Carlos Dengler, better known as Carlos D of Interpol, left the band back in 2010 after a series of life changes forced him to reconsider his position in the band. He departed from Interpol shortly after recording their fourth Self-Titled LP, but as he explained to Bedford and Bowery, his decision to leave neither easy nor simple.
Carlos attributes mainly his experience with substance abuse and addiction to the reason he ultimately left; a decision many artists have made in the past.
“I was not really mentally all that well while I was in Interpol. 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.”
When asked about how he made his decision, although it wasn’t one that he made overnight, Dengler recalls a specific moment when he realized something was fundamentally wrong with where he was:
“At some point in time, 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— when they played Saturday Night Live, he offered us tickets. 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.”
Since leaving the band Carlos has been studying at NYU’s Graduate Theatre Program for acting. He has made a full 180 as an actor, even writing and starring in a one man play Homo Sapiens Interruptus.
While I was in the group I was still struggling with my identity as an artist. I was still trying music out, in my mind at least. And I didn’t know the band would be as successful as it was. So for me it’s been an experimental thing for a very, very long time. And that movie was me still trying to figure out what I’m trying to say and how I’m trying to say it.
Since then, Interpol has released their first LP since Dengler’s departure El Pintor in 2014.