British rockers The Libertines have moved to dispel doubts over their future by announcing they have recorded four tracks for their new album.

The VERTIGO four-piece were thought to be in trouble again after singer-guitarist PETE DOHERTY - who was imprisoned last year (03) for a drug-fuelled burglary on bandmate Carl Barat's flat - voiced his dissatisfaction with the band.

Doherty stated on his personal website that his relationship with Barat had deteriorated, and he was tempted to concentrate on his side-projects with WOLFMAN, with whom he has produced hotly tipped forthcoming single FOR LOVERS, and his Babyshambles band.

However, following a prolonged delay, The Libertines' website now confirms the group have recorded four new songs - CAN'T STAND ME NOW, THE NARCISSIST, THE LIKELY LADS and ROAD TO RUIN - with Clash legend Mick Jones, who also produced their debut LP UP THE BRACKET.

The band have also announced they are launching a new club night in London called THE ARTS LAB, which will be dedicated to film and music.

29/03/2004 21:47