Dirty Pretty Things: ‘We wanted to give new album away, Radiohead style’

Albums Of 2008: Carl Barat reveals all about forthcoming record

Dirty Pretty Things frontman Carl Barat has revealed that he wanted to give the band’s forthcoming new album away free, Radiohead-style.

Speaking to NME.COM, Barat explained that his idea was quickly knocked down by his manager, Alan McGee.

“I wanted to give the album away on the internet like Radiohead did,” he said. “I saw what they did and said, ‘Oh, that’s great, let’s do that too,’. But Alan told me straight off that it wasn’t going to occur. Ah, well.”

Barat went on to reveal details of his band’s forthcoming second album, produced by Nick Leman in Santa Monica, over the tail end of 2007. The follow-up to 2006’s ‘Waterloo To Anywhere’ is due to be released this spring.

The band recorded 20 songs, including ‘Plastic Hearts’, ‘Come Closer’, ‘Blood On My Shoes’, ‘Buzzards and Crows’ and ‘This Is Where The Truth Begins’ (which is also contender for the album’s title), with 12 set make the final cut.

“We didn’t record live – it’s the first time I’ve ever recorded like that,” explained Barat. “It was a bit unnerving – the three albums I’d done before [two Libertines albums and ‘Waterloo To Anywhere’] had all been recorded live.

“But there’s a lot of melody in these songs, and you risk losing that if you just thrash around.

“It’s a bit easier on the ear,” Barat added, suggesting that the new album will differ from the band’s debut. “I don’t mean easy listening by any means, but we got a bit ‘Black Flag‘ on the last one,” he declared. “This one’s a lot more considered, but the passion and intent is the same.

Some of the songs which will make the final cut, such as probable first single ‘Plastic Hearts’, are already live favourites, but Barat is quick to warn fans not to expect standard replications of the songs on the album.

“The songs have changed a hell of a lot since we started playing them live,” he said. “When we played them first we were freestyling, but now we’ve even got strings on some of them. Well, it’s strings through a keyboard effect so it’s cheating – but it’s still strings! We’ve got some weird drum sounds too – some really, er, block rockin’ beats.”

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