CARL BARAT: NEW LIBERTINES MATERIAL BEING PRODUCED BY THE PRODIGY IS ON THE WAY, PLUS PLANS TO RELEASE SOLO MATERIAL
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– Libertines co-frontman Carl Barat reveals that new material from the band is “on its way” as well as his own solo project with a few “heroes” of his
· Carl and sister musician Lucie Barat are the latest guests to join Radio X DJ Gordon Smart and TV presenter Laura Whitmore on online music TV show Red Stripe Presents: This Feeling TV
· Carl Barat reveals The Libertines are working with Liam Howlett from The Prodigy on its next album, plus he is also working on a solo project alongside a few of his ‘heroes’
· Lucie Barat dishes the dirt on what is what was like growing up with the ‘Time For Heroes’ star, including lifting the lid on his first band’s name
With a musical career spanning almost two decades, you’d think Carl Barat might have run out of ideas. But the friend of online music TV show Red Stripe Presents: This Feeling TV has a load more up his sleeve and joined presenters Radio X DJ Gordon Smart and TV presenter Laura Whitmore alongside his sister Lucie Barat, who is a screen writer and lead singer of The Au Revoirs. The pair reveal details of growing up together and lift the lid on Carl’s early bands, while Carl also shares an update on the new Libertines album and solo material.
Jumping straight into the wait for the new Libertines album, Gordon says he has to twist Carl’s arm every time he sees him for an update and fortunately for fans of the band, there shouldn’t be much longer to wait.
Carl says: “You can’t hurry it up but yeah, it’s [the album is] coming. We’ve being doing some really interesting stuff, working with Liam [Howlett] from The Prodigy, which on some tracks are out of the zone of the stuff we’ve done before. I think we’re taking a different approach where we just go in and everyone just does what they’re feeling in whatever style. We don’t limit ourselves.”
Interestingly, Carl informs Laura and Gordon that he is actually writing a record himself that includes people he has loved for years. Carl says: “I’m writing a record. I’m actually doing some sessions with people who have inspired me over the years. I’ve never really written with people I know and respect but I’ve been working with a few heroes. I’ve just been going around bothering people who I really admire. But yeah, that’s really inspiring for me. So the solo record is definitely very different and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Laura nudges Carl for a release date but Carl just says: “It will be after The Libertines. Or maybe before! We’ll see.”
Talking about getting match fit for the upcoming ‘Libs’ tour, Gordon asks Carl how he has been preparing to hit the road. Carl explains: “I’ve had a month to get ready for this tour and I’ve wanted to give some time to the kids, too.”
Moving back in time from new material to the Barat childhood, Gordon asks Lucie for a bit of gossip on what it was like growing up in the musical household and whether or not she foresaw Carl’s future success. Lucie says: “You had that band at school. I just remember there being arguments about who was going to be the singer.”
Carl elaborates hesitantly and says: “We don’t need to talk about them. We were called ‘Flange Gasket and the Grease Nipples’ for a short time. It’s because we used to rehearse in a little garage and all the labels on the draws were ‘flange gaskets’, ‘grease nipples’. It’s not very cool, is it?”
The Libertines will be embarking on their UK tour beginning 3rd December 2019.
3rd December – O2 Academy Bournemouth
4th December – O2 Academy Leeds
6th December – Caird Hall Dundee
7th December – Barrowland Glasgow
8th December – Barrowland Glasgow
10th December – O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester
11th December – O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester
12th December – Rock City Nottingham
14th December – O2 Academy Birmingham
15th December – O2 Academy Birmingham
16th December – O2 Academy Bristol
18th December – O2 Academy Brixton London
19th December – O2 Academy Brixton London
22nd December – Margate Winter Gardens Margate
Carl and Lucie appear on the latest episode of Red Stripe Presents: This Feeling TV, which also features interviews with Blossoms, The K’s, Cruel Hearts Club, Lona and Andrew Cushin. To view the interviews and performance, please visit the This Feeling YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWcMGIa83CA
Beside Red Stripe Presents: This Feeling TV, Red Stripe and This Feeling host over 300 live club nights across the country with 1000 acts performing each year.