Pete Doherty: Babyshambles 'energised' me

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 July 2013
Pete Doherty

Pete Doherty

Pete Doherty felt "energised" by the new Babyshambles album and admits the band's new music encouraged him to turn his life around

Pete Doherty felt "energised" by the new Babyshambles album.

The 33-year-old frontman - who has had a well documented battle with substance abuse - admits his band's upcoming collection 'Sequel To The Prequel' has encouraged him to clean up his act and turn his life around for the sake of music.

He said: "I just thought, 'F**k. Where have I been? Why have I not been getting it together?' We've got to get these new songs together, we've got to play. I just feel energised by it all. Really, I do."

The band - which is also made up of Drew McConnell, Mick Whitnall and Jamie Morrison - are preparing to release their first record in six years, and they credit bass guitarist Drew for forcing the group back into the studio following a nasty accident in 2011, which saw him break his spine, five ribs, a shoulder and a knee.

Mick said: "After his accident, he really changed. He was like, 'Right, I'm going to do this!' He went over to France with a computer and a microphone to see Pete, and performed a bit of a miracle, you know? Total credit to him for doing that."

Speaking to NME magazine, Pete added: "Drew was basically sick of the band being dormant. And he tested everyone's belief. Underneath it all, we still want to f***ing play together and finish what we started."

'Sequel To The Prequel' will be released on September 2.

Pete Doherty

The usual unpredictability and undeniable charisma from the Libertines/Babyshambles man trying to keep his nose clean.

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