In a long and engrossing interview with The NME Carl Barat today revealed that Libertines have began working on and writing their fourth album and that tour dates are in the diary. He also revealed information about his new pub venture “The Albion Rooms”
— NME (@NME) June 6, 2019
Describing the process of getting everyone together to write the album Barat said “We’ve been down and done a few writing sessions already but we’re going to sort of bed in and do something a bit less control freak this time, rather doing lots and compiling and seeing what’s working and what isn’t. But there will be quite a few stories around the corner I think.
@PeteDoherty and @CarlBaratMusic are convening for two very rare acoustic shows at @HackneyEmpire on 5th and 6th September, as part of Somewhere Festival. We know these are going to be right old nights.
— Libertines (@libertines) June 5, 2019
The Albion Rooms is the studio in Bethnal Green where Carl Barat and Pete Doherty used to practice and record songs in Libertines’ early days. Barat is now leading a project to convert these into a public house and bar for fans & locals to come visit, admire art and share stories over a drink.
Speaking about this Barat said “I’ve got more ideas and ambitions than I could possibly ever achieve. You know, I think the art is not spreading yourself too thin. I spent two years trying to get this hotel, gallery, studio up and running… We are really close now, actually.”
“Sometimes it’s hard. It’s hard doing things by committee where you’ve other people to convince to do something and that’s tough. But I believe I’m acting on behalf of everyone. It’s the point now where I send an email round with a preface that’s of the kind of ‘speak now or forever hold your piece’… I know a lot more than I did before about getting hotels together”
Barat is however excited for the projects first guests and to pour his first pint saying “We’ll strike up the jukebox or the band, you never know, I mean when everything is working in tandem we’ll have the studio going on for gigs, and the two bars – one of them being an art gallery sort of thing, and we’ll have residents – god bless their confused souls – coming down.” The full interview with Red Stripe is posted below.
Radio X also today reported the origins of the bands now iconic name, writing “The Libertines’ name was inspired by a controversial erotic work by the Marquis de Sade called The Lust of the Libertines, which was first published as part of his novel The 120 Days of Sodom- written in 1785.”
A great rock n’ rolls tory!https://t.co/uh09aaGHWg
— Radio X (@RadioX) June 6, 2019