— Carl Barat, 2005 (via quietnowherebesideyou)
After recruiting band members via Facebook, Carl Barât has announced the formation of his new band The Jackals, with a live date in London and an album on the way.
This isn’t the English musician’s first project either, following his time as The Libertines co-frontman, Barât went on to front Dirty Pretty Things and released a debut solo album in 2010.
Following the announcement from Barât, Up The Indie look back at the other music projects that have labelled him as an icon in the British music scene, and what we can expect from The Jackals.
Playing their part in spearheading the garage rock revival movement in the UK, The Libertines were formed in 1997 by frontmen Carl Barât and Pete Doherty. Comprising Barât, Doherty, John Hassall and Gary Powell, the indie-rockers grew in popularity over the years especially following the release of critically acclaimed debut album Up The Bracket in 2002.
Despite their popularity and constant backing from the likes of NME, the band lead a true rock and roll lifestyle. With Doherty’s drug use causing conflicts within the band, gigs were sometimes missing band members and Doherty was arrested and jailed after burgling Barât’s flat. Aside from the drama and fall-outs, it did little to change the musical opinion of a band that continues to influence upcoming artists to this day.
After apparently putting their differences aside for a number of gigs and the release of self-titled second album, the strain continued to prove too much and they played their final gig in 2004 for over five years, without Doherty.
They reunited in 2010, with masses of approval from fans and critics alike, and were special guests for headliners Arcade Fire at Reading and Leeds festivals. After positive reviews for their performance, there was talk of the band continuing to work together, however nothing has been confirmed since then, despite fans desperately hoping for another reunion.
Barât and Doherty’s combined expertise pinpointed The Libertines as legends, both lyrically and instrumentally. Tracks such as ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’, ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ and ‘Up The Bracket’ are up there with the best and still widely played to this day.
Dirty Pretty Things
Barât formed Dirty Pretty Things in 2005 with Vertigo Records, joined by Powell, Anthony Rossomando and Didz Hammond of Cooper Temple Clause. With Barât as frontman once more, Dirty Pretty Things were around for three years, which involved extensive touring and two studio albums.
Aside from some initial problems around the band’s name, Dirty Pretty Things were pretty successful as things go. First album Waterloo To Anywhere hit number three on the music charts and the band supported the likes of Muse and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
They decided to call it a day in 2008 so that the band members could “try new things” and finished on a high with a final gig at Astoria 2 in London.
Barât’s solo career kicked off in the back-end of 2008, touring with Glasvegas. His first headline shows were in March 2009 at the Wakefield Escobar and he debuted two new songs, ‘Monday Morning’ and ‘So Long’ in June. Alongside his solo career, Barât was also acting in both film and stage and involved in supergroups The Chavs and The Bottletop Band.
Barât’s self-titled debut was released in October 2010 and in an interview for Metropolis magazine described his newer work as “kind of introspective rather than escapist.”
His second album is due to feature former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr however a release date is still to be revealed, saying in NME that he wanted to form another band before releasing another album.
So what do we know so far? Barât recruited his new band via social media, posting an advertisement on Facebook for a drummer, bass player and rhythm guitarist. He will be away for the next two months due to filming his leading role in French film, ‘For This Is My Body’, in which time the band will put together the finishing touches to release the album in September.
Looking at his past two band projects, one could suggest, or hope, that The Jackals will follow in the same footsteps, with iconic lyrics and crashing guitars. In my opinion? I am hoping for something as incredible as Up The Bracket, from the attitude-filled lyrics to everything that makes a great British guitar band.
The Jackals will play their first gig at XOYO, London on 15th May with tickets available from Friday 11th April.