Carl Barât: ‘I want to form a new band before releasing another album’

Former Libertines star says he doesn't enjoy being solo

Carl Barat says he wants to form a new band before releasing any more music.

Once the frontman of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things, Barat released a self-titled solo album in 2010 and has recorded a second with The Bronx’s Joby Ford, although says he won’t release it while he’s on his own.

He said: “I don’t want to be a solo artist anymore, I want to get another band together and I want to do that straight away. I’ve made a record I’m really proud of, but I’ve worked too hard to just put it out there. The songs are great, so I don’t just want to get a load of session players in the tour it. I want the best band around me to play it, I want the gang mentality.”

“I didn’t really enjoy being a solo artist,” he continues. “When you’re in a band I think you have so much more freedom than when you’re on your own as a solo musician. There’s strength in numbers, basically, and less focus on what you’re wearing or doing on stage, so you don’t need to second-guess what people’s reaction is going to be to every little think you do as a solo artist. There’s too much scrutiny. Unless you’re David Bowie, I don’t think there’s any make-believe as a solo artist, there’s no room to try things without people taking it too seriously. I’d feel so much less inhibited in a band. It gets lonely out there on your own, and session musicians are all into jogging and cricket. I want a band that are into having a good time.”

For now, Barat wants to recruit a drummer, bassist and second guitarist to rehearse, and will post details of how to get in touch on his website, with plans to hold auditions when he’s got a shortlist. “It’s going to be hard to find the right people, I know exactly what I want,” he said. “I’ll lead the way to start with, with these songs I’ve got, but I want cool, creative people. I don’t want a supergroup, and to be artistically bumping heads with people all the time, similarly I don’t just want the first person I meet with a bass guitar. And I’m not trying to relive the past, and I don’t just want a few good-looking kids to help carry me now I’m getting a bit older.”

Barat also said the album he has recorded would likely be re-recorded with the new band, and hopes the new members will kickstart his creativity as “it had dropped off in the past three or four years.” He recently performed a couple of Libertines’ favourites, sparking a stage invasion. He was at This Feeling at London’s Vibe Bar where he’d previously been DJing, but decided to pick up a guitar to finish off the night, playing ‘Time For Heroes’ and ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’. Tickets are still available for This Feeling’s ‘Big In 2014’ at the Queen Of Hoxton tonight (January 11). The line-up includes The Bohicas, The Struts, Dexters and Trampolene. Go to for more information.