Carl Barât on The Libertines’ new album: “I can’t work under the pressure of thinking I need to write a hit”

He's got "lots of ideas" though

Carl Barât has given an update about The Libertines‘ new album, saying he has “lots of ideas” for the forthcoming LP.

The group, led by Barât and Pete Doherty, are currently working on the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth‘. That album was the band’s first studio album since their 2004 self-titled second LP.

Speaking to Scotsmanwear, Barât said, ““I tend to lock myself away in my little bunker as I can be lazy, I can’t work under the pressure of thinking I need to write a fucking hit.


“I’ve got a lot of ideas for this album,” he added. “Ones which I need to chat about with the boys.”

The band are currently recording the album in the studio located in their Margate hotel The Albion Rooms. Last month, drummer Gary Powell spoke of the record. “The last thing in the world we would attempt to do would be to reinvent the wheel,” he explained.

“We have our own identity and we’ll stick to our own identity as much as we can do. It’s made us who we are. But having said that, there is an opportunity for us to investigate and to investigate new approaches to what we do.”

Powell explained that he had been working on his own electronic music and, while the band won’t “necessarily be going down the electronic music path”, he did say some “elements of that can be added to it.”

“It would also be nice to start messing around with interesting tempos,” he continued. “Our last album was quite conventional in our approach to tempos and music. If you stripped the music back and took the lyrics off it literally could’ve been anybody playing it. It didn’t feel as special as the first ones.”


The band previously stated that the new album would arrive this year, but Powell revealed that it will take a little while longer. “We need to get back into that frame of mind, of not just making a record, but making something that’s quite special,” he said. “We’re just going to take our time and do what we need to do.”