Interpol Bassist Dave Pajo Quits

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Spinal Tap couldn’t keep a drummer; Interpol seems to fare similarly with bassists. (Although, obviously, the bassists aren’t spontaneously bursting into fire, that we know of.)

Current member Dave Pajo announced that he is quitting the New York rockers, effective immediately. Brad Truax, who has worked with Gang Gang Dance and Animal Collective, will replace him.

Said the band

New personnel change: Dave Pajo is tagging out, folks. Dave has decided to step out of the spotlight for a spell, and will no longer be touring with Interpol. We're all friends. It's just an Out-of-the-hotel, Into-the-home sorta thing. He's going to be missed to be sure. Aside from being an exceptional musician, Pajo is a wonderful person to be around.

He's sharp as a tack and funny as all get-out. Anyway, if you saw us perform recently, I'm sure you'll agree - we were lucky to have him. Dave wanted to speak to you personally, so please see below for a note from the man himself…

And Pajo added:

"I would like to announce that I will no longer be performing live with Interpol on their upcoming campaign. I'll be taking a break from touring to focus on family. There are no personal, artistic or health reasons--it's really as simple as that! I would like to thank Paul, Daniel, Sam, Brandon, everyone in the crew, and all of the Interpol fans for the remarkable support and patronage they have shown me during my time with them.

I feel a tremendous amount of love and respect for everyone involved and will genuinely miss them.I will continue to record and perform music, with bands as well as solo, I just won't be touring as much.I am truly grateful for the experience and look forward to enjoying Interpol in the future, as a fan and friend.
Walk in light, walk in darkness.

Walk on over to another band. Pajo previously played with Slint and Yeah Yeah Yeahs; he joined Interpol last year after their figurehead bassist, Carlos D, quit. That lineup shuffle also brought in keyboardist Brandon Curtis (the Secret Machines) to the live roster, just in time for a few blithely received summer shows with U2 and fall’s self-titled fourth album.

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