Barât today announced he will become the new guitar player for London four piece Eye’s on Film.
The announcement was made just days after his former band mate and Libertine Pete Doherty was thrown out of rehab in Thailand, reportedly for being disruptive to other patients receiving treatment. The two have a long history of feuds surrounding Doherty’s drug use. With the hit song ‘Can’t Stand me Now’ a description of their turbulent relationship. This eventually led to the bands break up in 2004 after Doherty broke into Barât’s flat and minus a brief reformation for the Reading and Leeds festival in 2010, could this be a further statement aimed at Pete to curb his drug problem?
Since the end of the Libertines Barât found success with the Dirty Pretty Things named after his club night, this too ended in 2008 and Barât went on to act alongside Sadie Frost and release his own solo album both receiving mixed reviews. Barât will perform with the band for the first time on August 16th at London Proud Galleries. Doherty went on to have success with his own solo album Grace/Wastelands in 2009 and two albums with his self-formed band Babyshambles. Despite this, as so often occurs with song writing partnerships, neither has been able to recreate the dizzy heights and cult following that led many to label the Libertines as the band of a generation.
Despite joining the new band Barât maintains he will continue work on a solo album and remains amicable with Doherty, as always referring to the potential of them working together in the future. For now this remains an interesting step for Barât who for the first time looks to step away from the microphone and play as simply a guitarist after sharing singing duties with Doherty in the Libertines and fronting Dirty Pretty Things. One thing is for certain he has a long way to go if he is to attempt to recreate the success of Libertines but that remains to be seen.
By Joe Longhurst
Reported by NME over here.