Former Libertine Carl Barat has given up on his solo career and is looking to form a new band.
After time in The Libertines with Pete Doherty and his short-lived foursome Dirty Pretty Things, who were made up of former Libertines and The Cooper Temple Clause, Barat released his debut solo album in 2010.
However, now he wants to start up another band as he misses the gang mentality. "I don't want to be a solo artist anymore, I want to get another band together and I want to do that straight away," he told NME. "I've made a record I'm really proud of, but I've worked too hard to just put it out there.
"The songs are great, so I don't just want to get a load of session players in to tour it. I want the best band around me to play it, I want the gang mentality."
He continued, "I didn't really enjoy being a solo artist. When you're in a band I think you have so much more freedom than when you're on your own as a solo musician.
"There's strength in numbers, basically, and less focus on what you're wearing or doing on stage, so you don't need to second guess what people's reaction is going to be to every little thing you do as a solo artist. There's too much scrutiny."