Babyshambles Log Album Progress
Bassist Drew McConnell exposes frontman Pete Doherty's renewed dedication, song description.
Despite plenty of setbacks, including frontman Pete Doherty’s ceaseless run-ins with the law and bassist Drew McConnell’s studio slip up, the post punk freak-out machine known as Babyshambles rocks on, readying their forthcoming sophomore album. The quartet, currently holed up in London’s Olympic studio mixing the follow up to 2005’s Down in Albion, have been posting blogs regarding the album’s evolution to the band’s MySpace page, NME.com reports.
“What’s clear now is this second ‘Shambles effort is loaded with a bounty of committed and driven performances by our bandleader and first amongst equals,” McConnell writes about Doherty’s renewed vigor for the band. “Suffice to say moral[e] is high, nay giddy, amidst the Babyshambles Gang of Gin.” McConnell then delves into the good stuff, offering a song title and fascinating description, claiming “Crumb-Begging” “sounds a bit like Sonic Youth playing a Stooges song.”
As previously reported, Babyshambles entered the studio earlier this spring alongside producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, Kaiser Chiefs) to whittle down a collection of over 35 songs for the album. According to drummer Adam Ficek, Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder as well as Amy Winehouse may appear on the new record.
No further news has emerged about Doherty and Libertines bandmate Carl Barat working together since they appeared onstage last month, but a rather hilarious video has emerged on YouTube of young Pete being interviewed by MTV while waiting in line to buy Oasis’ 1997 album Be Here Now.
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Babyshambles at MySpace
Talk: Will Babyshambles’ forthcoming record make it to the finish line?