By Simon Vozick-Levinson
May 10, 2010 at 01:21 PM EDT
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Image Credit: Jelle WagenaarJust last week, Interpol posted a brand-new song and announced its next album. Today the NYC gloom-rockers have a less fun surprise for fans: Founding bassist Carlos Dengler (pictured, second from right) is leaving the band. “[Our fourth album is] a heavy record,” band members said in a statement on their official website. “But we’re feeling limber; and we’re going to carry it all around the world for you…Sadly, Carlos will not be joining us.” The statement describes the split as “amicable.”

In addition to holding down the low end on all those Interpol jams, Dengler also became a neo-goth style icon in his own right. (Possibly apocryphal Carlos D comment from 2003: “When I see a badly-dressed guy, it makes me sick.”) Let’s take a moment to remember the weighty basslines, the lopsided hair, and the sharp outfits Dengler brought to Interpol.

Will you miss Carlos Dengler’s presence in the band? Share your favorite Dengler memories in the comments below.

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