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It remains to be seen if this mix can withstand the pressures that lurk beyond the current tour. Antics may be a noteworthy follow-up to an arresting debut, but Interpol's survival is contingent upon its ability to remain innovative and maintain artistic integrity. To that end, when the tour concludes, the band is eager to pursue "little pet agendas," from Fogarino's interest in opening a recording studio to Banks' pursuit of his solo material. Dengler admits another album is a tall order.
"It's not going to be another four years before the third record," he says. "It's on the horizon, but there's so much work left to do that it's something that we're just not honestly thinking about too concretely."
Though some might consider the band's Icarus-like rise to fame a surefire route to early demise, Dengler sees things clearly. When asked how their career trajectory might affect their ability to grow as artists, he gives a well-worn, pat response.
"All the other things that accompany this lifestyle," he explains, "in the way of attention and press and comparisons and influences and themes, we consider extraneous to what we're really concentrating on, which is our music and our fans. That's the only really important aspects for us... because then it becomes just about the music [being] as good as possible. By filtering out all the other stuff, we prevent it from contaminating the mix that we've got going."