Babyshambles six-year hiatus has finally come to an end with the announcement of an upcoming album and extensive tour.
The highly anticipated album following 2007’s release of ‘Shotter’s Nation’ will be produced by Stephen Street; who’s previously worked with both Babyshambles and Peter Doherty along with The Smiths and Blur.
Drew McDonnell explained that the ongoing recording sessions in Paris were initially for Peter Doherty’s second solo album following ‘Grace/Wastelands’ but will now be released as Babyshambles’ third. The new album has however been left in the dark, there are no indications of what the album will sound like and when it can be expected for release.
In true Babyshambles fashion grainy live footage of new track ‘Dr No’ aired on YouTube from a show at the Le Fontania in Paris. The footage depicts Babyshambles with their new drummer Adam Falkner as they embark on a jaunty ska trip that is subtly similar to Babyshambles’ track ‘I Wish’.
Therefore new track ‘Dr No’ hints that Babyshambles may retreat to the raw sounding debut ‘Down in Albion’ and ‘The Blinding’ EP rather than continuing on from the more gracefully polished ‘Shotter’s Nation’.
Babyshambles are equally as enthusiastic as fans about the release of the forthcoming album: Drew McConnell is the happiest he’s been in years “standing in the recording studio… seeing Peter and Mik and Stephen Street in the control room”.
The band kicks off the two-month tour this coming September/October in Glasgow’s Barrowlands before taking their final bow in Bournemouth’s Academy. Fans can expect new tracks to surface within the tour, Mik Whitall has said he’s as “excited to get back on the road again” with the band as he is to seeing the “fans reactions to the new material”.
2013 is going to be big for the boys in the band as they make their return. It is apparent both Babyshambles and fans are left high-spirited about the future as Drew jokingly says “we have to make this record so we can afford the Eurostar bill”. It’s nice to have the cheeky lads back.