Pete Doherty has revealed the video for an as-yet-untitled new song, that is thought to be taken from his forthcoming second solo album due later this year. You can watch the video for it below.
Information about Doherty’s new song is scarce, but the video was shot by Roger Sargent at a French festival called Hello Birds, which took place between July 8-10 in Étretat, Normandy. It shows a fresh-faced Doherty and his solo band walking to the festival with a French flag, before going on stage and throwing it into the crowd.
Hello Birds is an invite only festival that also featured live performances from L’Impératrice, Kazy Lambist, Ménage à Trois, Ariel Ariel and more.
Doherty has had a busy year already, as last month (June) he wrote a song about the Paris terror attacks titled ‘Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven’. It was written following the massacre in November 2015, in which 130 people were killed, many at the Bataclan club during an Eagles Of Death Metal concert. Speaking to NME in our cover interview at the time, Doherty said: “‘Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven’ is about the fucking Bataclan. It’s about how we’re under attack.”
That was shortly after NME scored some exclusive footage of The Libertines man playing a handful of intimate warm-up shows at Sidecar in Barcelona in May, in between putting the finishing touches to his second solo album. In April it was also announced that Doherty will reopen the Bataclan venue following the Paris terror attacks, playing a gig at the space on November 16.
Legendary NME photographer and filmmaker Sargent, who shot the new Doherty video, photographed The Libertines through their best (and worst) years, and won the Outstanding Contribution To Music Photography Award at the NME Music Photography Awards With Nikon in 2012. At the time he picked out some of his favourite shots from his illustrious career, talking us through some of his iconic photos.