Carl Barat confirms ‘heavier’ new album with The Jackals for 2017

Also hear the 'lost' Jackals song, 'Get A Gun'

Carl Barat has confirmed his plans to reunite with The Jackals for a ‘heavy’ new album in the year ahead.

After releasing their acclaimed debut album ‘Let It Reign’ in 2015, Barat put The Jackals ‘on the backburner‘ to focus on The Libertines’ reunion album and tour.

Now, while Pete Doherty gears up to release his new solo album and bassist John Hassall prepares the first release by new band The April Rainers, it looks like the ‘Glory Days’ singer is ready to get the band back together.


“I’ve got The Jackals, so I’m getting back together with the boys,” Barat told NME. “We had a bit of a reunion the other night, laid our cards out on the table. We want to get something recorded and get something out while Pete’s off doing his thing in South America.”

Speaking of the band’s sound, Barat continued: “With The Jackals, I can get a lot heavier stuff under the radar than with The Libertines. I look for that, to do something different. There’s no point having the same band twice with one of them little and one of them massive – like a penny farthing. There’s a different chemistry and the boys are from a heavier music background so it’s great to let rip a little. We’ve toyed with different directions but we want to keep it organic and free.”

Last week, Barat also shared a ‘lost’ Jackals song with ‘Get A Gun’ – appearing to take aim at Donald Trump:


Speaking of his own rock tastes, Barat added: “I grew up on Rage Against The Machine and Iron Maiden, if you go far enough back. I would listen to Megadeth, Metallica and that kind of stuff. I was a Kerrang and Metal Hammer reader. Then more stuff like Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age – I’ve always had a soft spot for that. Angst never lies.”

As well as calling for more to be done to stop the ‘heartbreaking’ child refugee crisis, Barat also added that The Libertines would be returning to start work on their hotly-anticipated fourth album soon.

“We’re looking to bed in together,” Barat told NME. “We want to get our own place, which is a bit of a long and convoluted project. There’s a lot of planning and maybes which I can’t say too much about, but we’re looking at getting our own factory.”

He joked: “If we don’t have something by next year, then my name’s not Donald Clinton.”

Carl Barat is set to play a charity gig with Ed Harcourt, Charlotte Church, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Magic Numbers, Lock and comedian Simon Munnery perform with backing from the Dirty Pretty Strings quartet. Ed Harcourt & Friends: A Benefit for Child Refugees will be at London’s Union Chapel on Friday 2 December. For tickets and more information, visit here.