Babyshambles reveal Damien Hirst-designed artwork for new album 'Sequel To The Prequel'

Pete Doherty and co's new LP is released September 2

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Babyshambles have revealed the artwork for their new album 'Sequel To The Prequel' exclusively to NME.

The artwork, which you can see above, was designed by renowned artist Damien Hirst, a previous winner of the Turner Prize who also directed the video for Blur's single 'Country House', and uses a photograph by legendary rock photographer Pennie Smith, who took iconic snaps of bands such as The Clash and The Slits.

Speaking to NME about the image, Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell said: "It happened kind of naturally and in the spirit you'd hope for. We asked Damien to suggest someone to put something together, then to our amazement he offered to do it himself. The fact that he used a pic taken by Pennie Smith, who shot all those iconic photos of The Clash (Damien's old pal Joe Strummer's band), just makes it make even more sense."

'Sequel To The Prequel' will be Babyshambles' third studio album and will be released on September 2, with the single 'Nothing Comes To Nothing' out on August 26. Speaking to NME about the album, Doherty recently said: "I don’t want this to be half arsed, I want to get up there and really fucking smash it out. Babyshambles aren’t back – this band has always been here."

Earlier this month, Babyshambles announced details of a headline UK tour. Peter Doherty will hit the road with his bandmates in September for an extensive run which will involve gigs all the way into October. Starting in Glasgow on September 4, the tour will visit Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Lincoln, Bristol, Oxford, Cardiff and Norwich throughout September as well as a date at London's Brixton Academy. Further shows in October will take place in Sheffield, Hatfield, Leamington Spa, Birmingham, Leicester and Cambridge.

The 'Sequel To The Prequel' tracklisting is as follows:

'Fireman'
'Nothing Comes To Nothing'
'New Pair'
'Farmer’s Daughter'
'Fall From Grace'
'Maybeline'
'Sequel To The Prequel'
'Dr No'
'Penguins'
'Picture Me In A Hospital'
'Seven Shades Of Nothing'
'Minefield'

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