The Libertines’ Carl Barat makes live debut with new band

Plus guitarist says he'll hit the studio with Eyes On Film

The Libertines‘ Carl Barat made his live debut with new band Eyes On Film last night (August 16) at the Proud Galleries venue in London.

The guitarist has hooked up with the newcomers for the foreseeable future, and revealed that he’s set to record new material with them soon.

Speaking to NME after the show, he joked: “If I say I’m doing it for the love, will I sound like a member of Bon Jovi? It’s [joining the set-up] because I met a band I really believed in. I’ve always been into the concept of community in bands, like The Yardbirds, etc.


“I met a band who do something very different to what I do, and thought it’d be good to step in. There was obviously a little bit of extra pressure, but it’s the feeling of being in a band again.”

He added that part of the appeal of joining up with the electro-tinged rock band was the fact that they’re stylistically different to The Libertines, so he can dodge comparisons. “I didn’t want to hold a band on my own,” he said. “And I didn’t want to be in a band and have to sort of apologise for not being The Libertines. And this is totally different.

“I’m going to record a few songs with the boys. It’s the first time I’ve felt natural with a band in a long time.”

See for more on Eyes On Film.

Last week (August 10), meanwhile, Barat’s former Libertines bandmate Pete Doherty revealed that the pair are set to work on new material together. The singer, who was thrown out of rehab in Thailand earlier this month after it was claimed that he was being a “disruptive influence” on other patients, has said that he is now safely back in Paris and has invited Barat to come over and work on some songs.