Normally, writing that a former member of The Libertines and a member of Babyshambles were getting together to record would lead people to either think we were talking about Carl Barat and Pete Doherty reuniting once and for all in the studio. But that's not happening, folks, so keep dreaming.
Former Libertines member Carl Barat is working with Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell, though. They're both members of a new group called The Bottletop Band, which also includes Super Furry Animals singer Gruff Rhys and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders.
The quartet have recorded an album called The Dream Service, which is due out April 11.
Don't start thinking it's going to basically sound like a combination of all those bands and be really, really British, either. It's actually a collaboration between the four musicians and Brazilian musicians. The Charlatans' Tim Burgess, members of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and Sam Sparro are among those who are also involved in the project.
All proceeds from the album will be donated to education and job creation work in Brazil, Africa and Britain. You can get a taste of the band now by downloading their first single, "Fall Of Rome," from their website.
Carl Barat released a self-titled solo album earlier this year and reunited with The Libertines on stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals in England this summer. Babyshambles' last release was 2007's Shotter's Nation. Super Furry Animals released their Dark Days/Light Years album last year, and Arctic Monkeys' last LP, Humbug, also came out in 2009.