Drummer says that he wants to make sure 'everything is right in the world' before making third album
Gary Powell of The Libertines has said that the band are treating their reunion gigs as a test to see whether or not there is an appetite for new music.
Despite the fact both Carl Barat and Pete Doherty of the band have already said that there definitely will be new songs and maybe even a third Libertines album, Powell was more hesitant in a new interview with Louder Than War.
Stating that a decision will be made based on the reaction to recent gigs in Glasgow, London and at European festivals, Powell said: “We’re pretty much using this whole period of time as a lightness test for how we can move forward. It would be very easy to say ‘yeah we’ll do some new material’, but, for instance, if we went and played Hyde Park and it wasn’t well received and everybody hated it then it would be very difficult for the band to actually move forward.”
“We would all love to do some new material, but we have to make sure that everything is right in the world with everybody involved,” the drummer continued. “It ends up being a labour of love, everybody has to be comfortable and in the right space in order to do so, that way you get the best work out of everybody.”
The Libertines next UK dates come in September when the band will play three gigs at Alexandra Palace in London. Support across the trio of shows will come from Peace, Swim Deep and Circa Waves. The band also headline Benicassim in Spain on Saturday (July 19).
The Libertines will play:
Benicàssim Festival (July 19)
Paris Zenith (September 30)
Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall (October 2)
Brussels FN Club (3)
Berlin Columbiahalle (4)
Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle (5)
London Alexandra Palace (September 26, 27, 28)
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