Interpol have admitted that none of the band have been in contact with former bassist Carlos Dengler (known as Carlos D) since his departure in 2010.
Speaking to NME, the band – now formed of singer Paul Banks, guitarist Daniel Kessler and drummer Sam Fogarino – have stated that though they have heard some news through mutual friends, that is the extent of their relationship.
"If I were 10 years younger, maybe I’d go and snoop around, check out what he’s up to, but no, I’m pretty in and out there nowadays," says Fogarino of the situation.
The admission comes as part of an extensive cover feature with the New York band, in which the trio – who will release fifth studio LP "El Pintor" on September 9 – talk openly about the departure of Dengler and their subsequent regrouping as a three-piece.
Discussing whether there was ever any potential for the band to split after losing a member, singer Paul Banks confirmed that this was never on the cards. "We'd made an album. There was just no doubt in my mind that we were going to go out and play that tour," he said, referring to the band's self-titled 2010 LP, which was released shortly after D's resignation.
With Banks now taking over on bass, they also expanded on how the band have adapted to fill the shoes of their former member. "What Carlos brought to the band became a huge part of the sound. You couldn't take it away. Paul had a lot of respect for that. He knew whatever he did had to respect that. It couldn't be a template thing," revealed Fogarino.