Carl Barât ‘totally rediscovered the guitar’ making Jackals album

Libertines' man's other band will release debut record in March

Carl Barât says that making an album with his new band The Jackals has seen him become “completely obsessed” with playing the guitar.

Barât appears in the new Albums of 2015 issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, to speak about ‘Let It Reign’, the album he has written and recorded with The Jackals.

Speaking about the music he has made away from The Libertines in the past in comparison to his new band, Barât says: “If you listen [to 2010 self-titled debut solo], there’s barely any guitar on that record. I’d hung it up, locked it away. It was gone and I didn’t miss it one bit. But this time, I totally rediscovered it.”


Earlier this week The Jackals announced a one-off London gig. The band will play a show at the Scala in London on April 15. The date follows a series of European and US dates, including shows at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, in March.

Carl Barât & The Jackals’ debut LP, ‘Let It Reign’, will be released on February 16 on Cooking Vinyl. Recorded in LA and London, it was produced by Joby J Ford of The Bronx.

The ‘Let It Reign’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Glory Days’
‘Victory Gin’
‘Summer In The Trenches’
‘A Storm Is Coming’
‘Beginning To See’
‘March Of The Idle’
‘We Want More’
‘War Of The Roses’
‘The Gears’
‘Let It Rain’
‘The King Is Me’ (iTunes Bonus Track)

Carl Barât & The Jackals will play:

London Scala (April 15)


Meanwhile, Carl Barât has been writing the third Libertines album with Pete Doherty. He recently returned from writing sessions in Thailand, stating that he’s “proud of what [they’ve] written so far.”

The Libertines are nominated in the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas. Visit our awards page to cast your vote on who you want to win You can also buy tickets for the awards ceremony which takes place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 18 February.