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- New rumors abound about Peter collaborating with Amy Winehouse. These new rumors stem from some photos published yesterday and showing Pizza heading to Wino's pad carrying a guitar and a book of Albion. Whatever.
- Apparently Peter cancelled his support slot at the Sonics gig for personal reasons.
- The Libertines official site is defunct.
- Don't know about Carlos but Anthony Rossy is alive and planning to tour with... The Mighty Boosh. Seriously.
- NME.com has issued a photo gallery with various facts to celebrate Peter's birthday.
- The Guardian has an article on the Viccy Park Carnival.
- Adamski has announced a Babyshambles book: "All things considered expect it later this year/early next. Just confirmed.... Book detailing the history from 03 to Shotters and beyond".
- The old glorious Proud Club in Camden is reopening on 3 April, and the lovely Drew is going to play on the opening night, together with the Enemy, plus DJ sets from Friendly Fires, Nick Grimshaw, Jodie Harsh, Lisa Moorish and Stunners International. Proceeds from the first night will go towards those worst affected by the recent Camden fire (more info here).
- Peter has gone back to posting meowing movies on his youtube channel (no link. You know where they are).
He said: "Yeah, Four Egos and a Mouse came up again”.
"It's a bit more diverse record. There are a lot more factors and characteristics to it than the last record.
"It's not a jingle-jangle record."
Their debut album Waterloo To Anywhere went top three in the UK with a hit single Bang, Bang, You're Dead also going top five.
Singer Carl Barat reckons the new album is a very different affair.
He said: "The first album was rushed. This album, there's a lot more perspective to it.
"It's a lot broader in the spectrum."
Didz agrees: "It's not just a guitar record which is what I meant by jingle-jangle."
Dirty Pretty Things kick off their UK tour in Glasgow on 14 May and finish in Brighton on 28 May.
Plus, new French mag VoxPop has a 10 page article on Carl and da boys. Read the report from the Paris gig here (there's a nice video too).
- SO thanks to Hound Dog (FDW's moderator) that reported Drew's last diary post: "a few shows and some hello’s hello... I first must apologise to anyone who's messaged me and not heard back over the last few months. I've just not looked at myspace for ages. I've been really busy and also find it hard sometimes to sit at the internet. However! I am excited to say I'm on the road with Kid Harpoon. Played with him tonight in Aldershot, the band he's put together blew me away. The Helsinki line up looks likely to change every night, but staple Helsinki heads should make regular appearances. Now if they'd just turn their phones back on... May the Lord increase you in your hour of need. Harps & Helsinki Hike: 8 Mar 2008 BRISTOL LOUISIANA, 9 Mar 2008 CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH, 11 Mar 2008 OXFORD JERICHO TAVERN, 12 Mar 2008 SOUTHAMPTON JOINERS, 13 Mar 2008 LONDON DINGWALLS, 15 Mar 2008 BRIGHTON PRESSURE POINT"
- Normally I don't post clips from Peter's Youtube channel (I assume they're private stuff and in any case they're usually crap) but the latest additions are rather good, particularly this. Steven Spielberg he ain't but the song is still magical and the kitten is adorable.
- Some gig news: Peter (alone) will play at Loch Lomond Festival on 2 August while Babyshambles will play a one-off gig taking place in Madrid during the Benicassim festival, together with My Bloody Valentine, Siouxsie, Mika and The Rumble Strips.
There’s a funny article on the New York Magazine (yes the thing has crossed the pond) which, albeit full of errors, says also something interesting. Practically it shouldn’t be difficult putting up this “musical” for Peter and Carl, because their lives (together and apart) have been nothing else than an ongoing living theatre. “Their story make for endlessly entertaining melodrama” the NY Magazine says. This is something the numerous Libertines fan-fictioners know very well. How many stories have been created on the basis of Pete’n’Carl’s infamous relationship? And did the break up do anything to put a halt to these fantasies? No, on the contrary, it just poured more gasoline on fire. Of course people may argue, it’s been mainly Peter, with the glamorising of his vices and high profile frequentations, who instigated the whole thing. But are we sure of that? Aren’t we sure that Peter and Carl haven’t done anything else than sticking to the characters of their plot, with Peter standing under the main spotlight and Carlos working (and conspiring) in the shadow? As kids, the were both avid readers, and Carl was a drama student. They used to read Cechov to each other before going to sleep. Undeniably, they are both highly theatrical figures. They have good looks, charm, intelligence, sense of humour and a great penchant for wild romanticism. They are the major heirs of Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens, maybe more than Morrissey himself.
And then there’s the music. Peter and Carl make great music when they’re separate. Together they sparkle 10 times as much. And one of the things that has mainly fuelled their music (together and apart) is their relationship.
“They said, you two were meant to be/ And so it was meant to be” Peter sings in Carry On Up The Morning “And I know where to find you, my love/ In the same old flat by the river / The only way in was through the window”.
“We shared our dreams/ and nearly everything in between” Carl sings in Faultlines “I’ll never forget those long lost days in a haze / where we lost ourselves with no apology”.
Why should the guys find any difficulty in writing these famous “20 songs” now? They’re already writing them. They’ve been writing them since 1997!
Of course if and when this “musical” comes out Peter and Carl will be the first to put their hands forward and deny “any reference to the Libertines history”. Will anybody believe them? Ha!
One of my fears is that, while writing down the plot, Peter and Carl will have to relive again all that happened between them, and old sleeping grudges will be awaken again, leading the two to bust-ups, screams, punching-ups and sinks. Ahem. But who knows, that could be part of the plot as well. An ending fitting for the start. And then starting over again. And again. And again. And again…
Dirty Pretty Things will hit the road in May for a full UK tour, ahead of the release of their second album. The 12-date jaunt begins at Glasgow ABC on May 14. The band will release their second album, ‘This Is Where The Truth Begins’ in June, and are expected to preview tracks from the record at the dates.
Dirty Pretty Things will play:
Glasgow ABC (May 14)
Aberdeen Moshulu (15)
Dundee Fat Sams (16)
Newcastle Northumbria University (18)
Sheffield Leadmill (19)
Manchester Ritz (20)
Coventry Kasbah (22)
Liverpool Carling Academy (23)
Nottingham Rock City (24)
Bristol Academy (25)
London Astoria (27)
Brighton Corn Exchange (28)
Tickets for the tour go on sale on Thursday (March 6).
Plus, Carl and Drew fight touts (here).
- 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").
- NME also talks about the above interview with Anthony Rosamundo.
- 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’ .
- Astoria London TUE 27/05/2008 tickets on sale 06/03/2008 09.00
- Corn Exchange Brighton WED 28/05/2008 19:30 tickets on sale 06/03/2008 09:00 (from gigsandtours).