The Libertines will host what they are labelling a “week of shenanigans” at famed, small Camden venue The Dublin Castle to mark the release of their long-awaited new album.
The band are set to release ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’, their first album in 11 years, on September 4. The 12-track album, the band’s third, follows their 2004 self-titled album and 2002 debut ‘Up The Bracket’.
In celebration of the album’s release, the group are hosting a series of events that includes a photo exhibition, documentary screening, album playback, pub quiz and other “surprises”. The events will take place from August 31 to the album’s release date on September 4.
The photo exhibition features work by Roger Sargent, the pub quiz will be be hosted by writer and “Libertines expert” Anthony Thornton and the documentary – also filmed by Sargent – will showcase the making of the record in Thailand.
There will also be a yet-to-be-announced “very special event” taking place on September 4.
Additional regional album playbacks will take place around the UK with proceedings going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. All proceeds from the Dublin Castle events will go to the Rock’N’Roll Rescue charity.
Find more details at The Libertines’ official website.
Having recently shared lead single ‘Gunga Din’, the reunited group have spoken to NME to explain how the album came together.
Explaining how one of the songs – ‘Heart Of The Matter’ – is an “old idea amalgamated with a brand new one”, singer Pete Doherty said that the revision sparked competition between himself and co-frontman Carl Barât: “We pulled out all the stops really on the songwriting front. Carl and I had a lot to prove to each other as songwriters.”
‘Barbarians’ is described by John Hassall as the perfect song to open the record. “The way it kicks in and the opening lyrics really sets the album off. I think it’s a good choice as an opening track,” the bassist said.
Barât denies, however, that the band copied Blur by making an album influenced by south-east Asia. Speaking of ‘Fury Of Chonburi’, inspired by the Thai province where the band recorded the LP, he said: “We wanted to reference the name of the place where we were and where the songs were written. I only noticed Blur had done something similar when I got back.”
Hassall added of ‘Fury Of Chonburi’: “It’s quite a rocking number. It’s probably the most upbeat number on the record.”