The former Suede star reveals he'll be working with the band on the eagerly awaited follow-up to 'Up The Bracket'...

Libertines’ eagerly awaited second album is to be produced by former SUEDE star BERNARD BUTLER, according to the guitarist himself.

Butler has already worked with the band previously on their 2002 debut single ‘What A Waster’ and their last single ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’.

Posting on his official website,, Butler revealed: “I am waiting for Carl (Barat) to recover to start work on the new Libertines album, hopefully in December.”


He added: “In the meantime I am recording the [/a] record and it will include ‘Muddy Waters’, as well as ‘Speed’ and ‘Freaks’ which we have been working on this week at Rak studios.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, [a]Libertines star Carl is struggling to regain 20/20 vision after a booze-fuelled accident that’s led to two operations.

Carl and reunited bandmate Pete Doherty had been together in Wales, catching up and working on songs for their second album, which should be released next year.

While relaxing after a day working on the new songs, Carl took a bottle of whiskey and retired for a long hot bath. He got out, slipped and cracked his head on the sink, seriously damaging his left cheek.

Later he was rushed to hospital then later to a specialised Eye Hospital in nearby Hereford where he was diagnosed with a fractured cheekbone and a damaged tearduct. An emergency operation was undertaken in attempt to fix the problem.

See this week’s NME for an exclusive chat with Carl about the accident, out today in London (November 18) and tomorrow nationwide (19).