If there’s something a little different-sounding about ‘Glory Days’, the debut single from Carl Barât & The Jackals, then it’s all down to situation and circumstance. All magnificence and power, the track is perhaps the most extravagant, full-on rock song that Carl has ever made – equal parts glam, Britpop and late-90s LA punk (the good kind: Rocket From The Crypt, Queens Of The Stone Age).
“What I wanted to do with this album was to throw myself into the unknown,” he declares boldly, before describing six-weeks solid of 12-hour sessions in a tiny studio a million miles away from his spiritual home of London. Carl: “I found myself in this place called Van Nuys, which is quite a lawless part of Los Angeles that hasn’t moved on since about 1974. It’s all independent shops and old-time bars and is quite a bolthole of old Americana.”
Carl Barât & his new band The Jackals released their debut album Let It Reign through Cooking Vinyl Records on Monday 16th February 2015.