Nine, on 21 April 2012 - 12:31 AM, said:
Meh, Pajo and Brad aren't permanent fits for Interpol. Just like Brandon didn't really fit as well as all the past keyboardists did. They can all play the parts just fine, but they aren't Interpol. They lack the style, the panache, the attitude. Carlos was an integral part of what made Interpol and interesting band not just to listen to. I think that article Paul said about Carlos being an asshole was pretty on-point. He had awesome showmanship (something this band is really lacking without him) and you knew what you were getting with him. People knew he acted dickish, at least he made no point of hiding it.
I'm not saying they should find someone like Carlos again -- either in looks or personality -- but I don't know if the new 3-piece Interpol combo meal really satisfies. They're getting old, sedate, a bit more peaceful. It feels like they are planning things out more, exploring sonically, but it all gets boring eventually for all the positives driving in a "write good music" mode.
Agree with you on all points.
To me, Carlos is a major part of Interpol, and the band just isn't the same without him. Maybe with the next record which Carlos' presence and influence will be totally removed, it may be different. However on this last tour, I just couldn't help make comparisons while Pajo and Traux attempted to duplicate Carlos' work (but that's just me). The shows kind of left me flat, not elated.
On another note, as one of Carlos' fans, in Carlos' defense the guy did go through quite a bit towards the end of the Antics era. With what he went through, I can't really blame the guy in coming off defensive. Perhaps a part of him had died a bit during Antics which ultimately led him to lose interest being a band. However it is worth pointing out that despite that Sam came off a bit dick-ish in some interviews when asked about Carlos, Carlos never came out and smacked talked about his former band mates. He also did not try to derail any publicity away from Pol when they toured with Pajo and Traux. I think people should at least take note of that.
I do find it funny though that nearly two years latter after he left Pol and not being actively involved in music or the NYC club scene, people still find the need to write about Carlos. It will be interesting to see if the press and bloggers will continue to rehash Carlos' leaving when the band decides to work on a new record.