It’s the moment for which the indie world’s been waiting for over a decade – the third album by The Libertines has a title and release date! Anthems For Doomed Youth, their first since their acrimonious split 11 years ago, will be available on September 4th via Virgin EMI.
The new album will be the first new material since their 2004 self-titled chart-topping LP, just before which co-songwriter and singer Pete Doherty was ejected from the band for his burgeoning heroin addiction. The group soldiered on with Anthony Rossomondo in his place in order to fulfil their summer festival appearances, but disbanded in December that year.
“People are going to love it,” Doherty told the NME last month about the new record. “There’s a miracle aspect to actually getting it done and all getting together to do it. We’re all really proud of it.”
Long-suffering partner in crime Carl Barat, who released his own solo album with his backing band The Jackals earlier in 2015, added: “It’s not us repeating ourselves, that’s for sure. We’ve definitely moved on.”
Recent years have not only seen a number of big artists recording again after significant periods on hiatus, but also releasing very good albums too: My Bloody Valentine, Portishead, David Bowie to name but a few. More will be expected from the Libs than a mere victory lap, more than just one last knees-up around the old Joanna (Cockney rhyming slang alert!) Fingers crossed!
The reunited quartet played the “secret slot” at Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage on Friday, a vacant gap in the schedule caused by Florence + The Machine being upgraded to headliner in place of the absent Foo Fighters. They played a set of their early noughties classics mixed in with a few tracks from the new album, which were generally well-received.
The full tracklisting for Anthems For Doomed Youth is as follows:
- Gunga Din
- Fame and Fortune
- Anthem for Doomed Youth
- Heart of the Matter
- Belly of the Beast
- You’re My Waterloo
- Fury of Chonburi
- The Milkman’s Horse
- Glasgow Coma Scale Blues
- Dead For Love