Babyshambles reveal new album details

Pete Doherty's band set to return in 2010

Babyshambles have outlined their plan to release a new album in 2010.

The band, speaking in the new issue of NME out today (November 2), said they had around 18 songs in contention for their third album, although it was still in its early stages and they have yet to book studio time or recruit a producer.

Pete Doherty said that guitarist Mik Whitnall had been working on demos in London for the foundations of the album.

Mik spent a year on eBay buying shitloads of equipment,” he explained. “He’s written loads of amazing music which mostly just needs lyrics. So, one by one, they’re getting turned into songs.”

He added that older songs including ‘Stone Me What A Life’, ‘Cuckoo 1440’, ‘352 Days’ and ‘Tinker’s Daughter’ may make the album, plus ‘Fixing Up To Go’, ‘Bonjour Trieste’ and ‘After He’.

Speaking of the latter song, Doherty explained: “Musically it’s the perfect – I won’t say rip-off – but combination of classic ska and the riff from [The Smiths‘This Charming Man’.”

For the full interview with Babyshambles see the cover feature of the new issue of NME, out now.

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