In fact, the unidentified rocker (pictured, left) was none other than Interpol bassist Carlos D, who made fashion headlines at the festival with his mustache-and-bolo-tie makeover. With his trademark pseudo-Goth chic (pictured, right), Carlos has long been a fixture of New York’s downtown punk revival scene. But it seems the nascent vamp in Carlos was scared off by the desert sun, leading him to shed his androgynous hipster veneer and reemerge as what can only be described as a metrosexual urban cowboy… with a ‘stache-soulpatch combo that’s a little more Billy Bob Thornton than Burt Reynolds.
Lead singer Paul Banks was also looking particularly svelte as Interpol unveiled some new music for the Coachella crowds, but Carlos’ face (or, more accurately, what was growing on his face) remained a primary topic of Internet chatter for pop fashionistas. No word on what his Italian greyhound Gaius made of the performance, but most likely he was busy watching his back for any celeb dogs named Brutus.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Should Mr. D keep his new style, or should he be questioned by actual Interpol officers for crimes against fashion? Will bolo ties be the next accessory du jour for the indie crowd? Is Gaius the new Tinkerbell? Help us out, because we’re a little confused…
addCredit(“New Carlos D: Christy Bush; Old Carlos D: John Sciulli/WireImage.com”)