Dengler is friendly, talkative and, because the tape recorder is running, cautious. He says he even reads Interpol’s press. “I think no one should be ashamed of that. You shouldn’t be an avid reader, but you should definitely keep up with it to a certain degree.” His voice becomes more deliberate: “Journalists,” he says, searching for the words, “don’t . . . often . . . portray you in the way you thought you came out in an interview.” His restraint, he says, is a result of what he considers unfair treatment in the media and the decision “not to give journalists extra ammo.”
Especially not before their first solo dates in Japan. Interpol participated in 2003’s Summer Sonic music festival, but this week’s shows will be the first — and possibly last — time to see the quartet up close, considering their growing audience.
Touring, Dengler admits, does have its drawbacks. “One of the most regrettable aspects of this career is that it becomes like other careers,” he says, referring to the monotony of their peripatetic itinerary. Each band member enjoys it to varying degrees, with drummer Samuel Fogarino at one end (“He really sinks his teeth into it.”) and Dengler at the other. “I don’t hate touring,” he says. “What’s a more fanciful way of putting it? Hmm . . . It behooves me to appear excited about living on a bus for months and months on end, basically traveling night after night.”
Read the full interview at The Japan Times Online.