Carl Barat broke 'indie-stasis'
Carl Barat had to break out of his ''indie-stasis'' to write his solo album, as he found being in a band was ''distracting''
Carl Barat had to break out of his "indie-stasis" to write his solo album.
The Libertines co-frontman - who reunited with his former bandmates to perform at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK this summer - decided to record his self titled solo album because he found being in the band "restrictive" and "distracting".
He explained: ""I think I kind of got stuck in indie-stasis for a while, and of course that became something of a warm comfort zone, but it was something that I had to break out of."
"I just had too much selfish stuff to deal with in music and life. I just found that being in a band was distracting and potentially compromising of that. It was basically restrictive to what could be played instrument-wise.
The 'Cant Stand Me Now' hitmaker also said he eliminated all commercial aspects of the record from his mind when he wrote it.
He added to Clashmusic.com: "If you've been working to the idea that it doesn't have to sell anything, which I have, it makes it a lot easier.
"You can really just go with your heart. I always knew in my soul that this album was the truth and I genuinely love this record. I've never said that about a record I've made. I'm happier and more complete as a person for having made it now."
'Carl Barat' is available now.