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Monday shenanigans

  • Carlos and Drew talk about the Crisis gig.
  • Anthony Rossomonso talks about the crisis album (from Xfm):
    Rubbing shoulders with the great and the good at the NME Awards, Dirty Pretty Things' Anthony Rossomondo spoke exclusively to Xfm what the new album is called and what fans can expect to hear. "It's gonna be called 'This Is Where The Truth Begins'. It's one of the songs [on the album], it's kinda anthemic," said Rossomondo. "We've got some big old fuckin' songs on the record," he explained "and Carl [Barat] and I kinda went into the darkness with each other and we found a way out kinda climbing over each other until we crawled out of that whole proverbial hole and now we've got this record and it by far outgleams the first one and it has so much more truth in it." As previously reported, the recording of Dirty Pretty Things' second album - the follow up to 'Waterloo To Anywhere' - hasn't been without its problems and may have cost the band some important festival slots this summer. The new album is expected to be released later this year (To hear the interview in full, click here).
  • NME talks about Peter and Carl's "musical" (soon to be entitled "How to write music with your best partner fucking your label and bypassing contractual obligations").
  • And Carletto Barattolo talks about DPT's new album to Channel 4 Teletext but he's far less straightforward than Anthony Rossomozzo (anyway thanks to Jo for typing the interview): In 2006, DPT unveiled their debut album ‘Waterloo to Anywhere’ from amongst the chaos of the Libertines’ split. This time around, Carl Barat and his fellow travellers are more settled, despite the intensity of recording their second album. Encountering Barat in bouyant mood following the NME Awards, he gave us the lowdown on the album and revealed the title. Last year, the band began previewing new songs but they’ve developed a long way since then’.
    ‘They weren’t properly finished’ says Carl. ‘I was freestyling lyrics. I knew generally what the songs were about but hadn’t figured some specifics. But it’s all there now. The album will be called “This is How it Begins.” What inspired the title? Oh, getting up and facing the day, cups of tea....’
    Having worked with Oasis producer Dave Sardy on the debut, the new album is poroduced by little-known Neil McLennan. ‘It could have been a risk going for a less well-known name, but Neil is more of a member of the band than a producer’ says Carl. ‘Neil used to be a DJ for the Prodigy and he was a green Beret which was good practice for marshalling us when we got at each other in the studio’ .

    Carl admits recording was a fractious process. ‘We all had contretemps and fights’ he considers. ‘Because we were all four deeply involved in the sound, we all quit at various points. We all had our frustrations and at times we were so lost in the process we lost track of it was good. It’s only recently that we’ve thought “oh yes, we HAVE made a great record”
    Why did Carl himself get angry?
    ‘Because I need to be angry to make music. I’m not an angry person all the time, not at all, but I can only write music when I’m angry. Some people may say this record is a more mature one than Waterloo but I’d say it’s a more exciting record. It’s just a different type of anger that’s gone into this album. All the best music is angry in some way’.
    Due out in autumn, the first single is likely to be ‘Plastic Hearts’ or Hippy Son’. After that, Carl is planning a reunion with Pete Doherty.
    ‘Oh, my focus is on DPT’ he says, ‘But Peter and I have spoken about writing a musical. We’d have it somewhere like the Donmar, we’re planning something like Weill’s Threepenny Opera, once the planning can be resolved. We’ll see’ .

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