Even the last skeptic has to admit it’s happening: Yes, we are indeed getting a new album from The Libertines. Named after a World War I poem, Anthems For Doomed Youth will be the band’s third longplayer and the first since 2004. The release date has now been revealed to be September 4th of this year, along with the album cover, and most importantly, a first single and video. Gunga Din picks up surprisingly close to where The Libertines left off eleven years ago. “It feels like nothing’s changed”, sings Carl Barât, and indeed the four members seem just as prone to rowdy nights out as ever, if one is to believe the new video. Filmed in Thailand, it shows Barât, co-frontman Pete Doherty, bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell tumbling through the streets of Pattaya, Thailand, drinking, passing out in hotel rooms, as if they weren’t ten years older now than in the prime of their career. Luckily, the youthful exuberance has not gone missing from their music; The Libertines still know how to write a huge sing-along chorus, and still spit out their lines with as much vigour as ever. Gunga Din definitely gives us high hopes for album no. 3, and we’re looking forward to their Lollapallooza Berlin performance in September, which we will be covering for you as well.
(Our visitors from Germany can watch the video on VEVO)