The Libertines’ Gary Powell gives update on new album and says last record wasn’t ‘as special’ as their first two

Drummer Gary Powell has spoken about the progress of the band's fourth album

The Libertines‘ Gary Powell has given an update on the progress of the band’s fourth album and discussed his feelings on the band’s last album.

The group, led by Pete Doherty and Carl Barat, are currently recording the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth‘. That record marked the iconic band’s first studio album since their 2004 self-titled second LP.

Speaking to Clash, drummer Powell confirmed The Libertines had been recording in the studio located in their Margate hotel. “I don’t want to get into that heritage act environment,” he said. “I still think we’re viable enough to bring something to the table and have it feel fresh and new.”

Asked what the album will sound like, he replied: “The last thing in the world we would attempt to do would be to reinvent the wheel. 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.”

Powell also confirmed that, despite the band previously saying a new album would arrive this year, that was now not going to happen. “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.”

The Libertines’ Margate hotel is called The Albion Rooms and is yet to open. The property will house a bar and a recording studio, as well as 10 guest rooms across five storeys. In a press release confirming the news, the group were said to have been “inspired by the celluloid co-habitation antics of the Beatles and the Monkees.”