Carl Barât says he fell out of love with his guitar for 'about a decade'

The former Libertines man is currently getting a new band together

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Carl Barât has spoken out about his forthcoming new material as well as finding a new band.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the former Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things man has recorded a number of songs for the follow up to his 2010 self-titled debut solo album with Johnny Marr, Andy Burrows and The Bronx's Joby J. Ford. The songs include 'Victory Gin' and 'Glory Days'.

Speaking to NME about the new material, he commented: "I fell out with my guitar for about a decade. I fell in love with it again just before this record. Which is why I went to Joby J. Ford. This is definitely a return to guttural guitar hitting."

Barât also commented on his reasoning behind auditioning for a band, rather than just hiring session musicians to play his new material. "I kind of crave that volatility and chaos that comes with being in a band," he said. "I want other people to have the same priorities and objectives when they come on stage – I don't want people looking at their watches thinking about how much they're getting paid. I want everyone to be together. I guess in a band have these allies around you. It's about being part of something that's bigger than its individual parts."

He had previously explained that he won't release any of the new material until he recruits a new band. After writing on Facebook that he was searching for new bandmates, he received over 1,000 applications for the position of a new drummer, bass player and rhythm guitarist. Musicians recently auditioned at the Amersham Arms pub in south London. "I've got to get all this done really soon because I've got a rather pressing gig abroad that I have to get a band together for," added Barât.

To read NME's full interview with Barât about his new music and the auditions, click here.

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