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Indie icon Carl Barat has been speaking about his plans for the year ahead with The Jackals, as well as touring with The Libertines and recording a new album.
The 38-year-old talked to NME on the red carpet of this week’s NME Awards, where he said that The Libs were planning to take a “fallow year”, but they “just can’t keep away”.
Speaking of his plans for 2017, Hampshire-born Barat told the music mag that he will be working as a producer as well as writing and recording with The Jackals before hitting the road with The Libs and working on their eagerly-awaited next album – while also planning to find their own “HQ”, which bandmate Pete Doherty described as “a hotel”.
Asked about where he is with The Jackals’ new album, Barat replied: “We’re about three songs in but there’s a lot there. Everyone’s ready to go for it, we’re all just looking forward to getting it done. Everything’s in place, it’s just about getting the songs written. I’m doing that next week so we’ll see how it goes.”
He continued: “The Libertines record, that might take a bit more time – but we’re trying to get our project together, so we’ll see how that goes really. That big secret that Pete told everyone!”
Asked how many new tracks the band have already written, Barat said: “We’ve still got fucking two decades’ of stuff, and we’ve still got a lot to write about. There’s a lot of water yet to go under the bridge in many ways so, yeah, there’s plenty to do.”
The Libertines’ upcoming UK tour dates are:
May 20 Prenton Park, Birkenhead
Jul 21-22 Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
Jul 21-23 Truck Festival, Cambridge
Aug 4 Festival On The Wall, Newcastle