Band recruit Jake Gosling for third album sessions in Thailand
Carl Barât has confirmed that The Libertines are making their third album with producer Jake Gosling, best known for his work with Ed Sheeran and One Direction.
Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Barât confirms that he is heading to Thailand to record the majority of the record with bandmate Pete Doherty. He also explains the reasons for working with Gosling, who was nominated for a Grammy for his work with Sheeran and also produced One Direction’s last three albums.
“We had wish lists flying back and forth, from the [John] Leckies through to the [Paul] Epworths and Stephen Street,” Barat says. “What it boiled down to was that we wanted to try something a bit new with someone who is a bit new.
“We wanted someone who is getting their thing going, rather than someone who is just going to put us through their machine. This isn’t a heritage band making a heritage album.”
He goes on to explain that spirits are high in the Libertines camp. He stated: “The feeling’s great, we’ve been sparking. The pistons are all firing. I’m genuinely excited, and can’t wait to get this stuff out there. We’ve all been waiting to write this record for ages.”
Barât previously said that The Libertines were trying to make “surprisingly upbeat” music ahead of their third album. The long awaited new record from the band is expected to be released later this year. It follows a series of reunion gigs in 2014, including a sold-out date in London’s Hyde Park and three nights at Alexandra Palace in the UK capital.
Pete Doherty recently confirmed to NME that the Libertines will be recording their first album in 11 years at Karma Studios in Thailand. Doherty left a rehabilitation facility in nearby Chon Buri after completing treatment for his drug addictions.
The band released a short video in December that showed them signing a record deal with Virgin/EMI in Thailand in lieu of the release.
The Libertines have been confirmed as the headliners for both T in the Park and Reading and Leeds this year.