Working title for one track is 'Woke Up Again'
Carl Barât has revealed that he and Pete Doherty have written five new songs together for The Libertines‘ third album.
Speaking to NME from Bangkok, where he was visiting Doherty as his bandmate undergoes rehab treatment in the Thai capital, Barât gave an update on the pair’s current relationship and how their new album is coming along.
Carl Barât appears on the cover of the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands and available digitally now.
In the feature, Barât is keen to stress how well Doherty is doing as he continues his battle with drug addiction. “Pete’s in a great place,” he says. “We’re in a great place staying together. I’m gonna keep popping out and seeing how it is going, show him a bit of support. He’s grand, [rehab has] taken about 10 years off him. I have to pinch myself. These seem like great times.”
While in Bangkok, the pair began writing new material together with five new tracks “on the work bench”. The singer added:”This is only day two, so let’s see how it goes. It’s relaxed. My guitar broke on the aeroplane. I got a new one but right now the sound is two nylon string guitars – I don’t think that’ll make it to the record. We’re still going through the old tracks and new bits and bobs and see where we’re at, really. The songs are going to dictate their own sound. We’ve only done bits and bobs on tour. We were both reminding each other of scores of tunes that we’d forgotten that had never seen the light of day. But Plan A is to write new things. There’s about five new tunes on the work bench at this stage and that’s just from having been in each other’s company, not even sitting down to write. One’s called ‘Woke Up Again’, but that’s a working title.”
Barât also has no worries about things changing between himself and Doherty, despite the fact they haven’t released an album together since ‘The Libertines’ came out in 2004. He admitted: “People are constantly saying, ‘Have you lost the anger?’ No. ‘Have you lost the chemistry?’ No. Genuinely, in my heart of hearts, I know that none of that is lost and we’ll pick up where we left off.”
In addition to The Libertines, Barât is also working with his other band, The Jackals. The group announced details of debut album ‘Let It Reign’, to be released in February 2015, earlier today.