Carl Barat broke 'indie-stasis'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 October 2010
Carl Barat

Carl Barat

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 "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.

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