The Libertines: ‘We’re just getting our friendships back on track’

The band - minus Pete Doherty - attended the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas

The Libertines discussed the progress of their forthcoming third album at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas.

Speaking on the red carpet last night (February 19), in a video which you can see above, Carl Barat explained that the band have started work on the album but are mainly focusing on getting their relationships ‘back on track’. He commented: “We’ve started it, we haven’t spent a great deal of time on it yet. We’re just getting our friendships back on track and getting on the same page. We’ve been apart from a long time but not much has really changed really.”

Drummer Gary Powell added: “Carl’s just come back from Thailand, he’s been working with Pete there, so the groundwork and the foundations have actually begined [sic] to manifest something of interest for everybody. Because we haven’t recorded for such a long period of time… we need to let things sit and simmer. We can’t just dive in there and record an album, because we haven’t done anything in over 10 years. So we need to figure out exactly how we all work together and the direction of the record.”

“Obviously we’ve changed a lot, but ultimately we still play the same as we did before,” said bassist John Hassall. “There’s still the same chemistry.”

Barat 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.

Speaking to Loaded about the way his and Pete Doherty’s new songs are sounding, Barat said: “The Libertines have always been about anthems to doomed youth. I’m not entirely sure how happy the new songs will be lyrically, but the message is strong in the new songs. It’s doomed youth overcoming hardships with optimism.”

Pete Doherty recently confirmed to NME that the Libertines will be recording their first album in 11 years at Karma Studios in Thailand. 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 first headliners for T in the Park 2015.