The Libertines performed a track from their new album during a BBC Radio 1 session at London’s Maida Vale studios.
The band are set to release their first album in 11 years during September, previewing ‘Barbarians’ from ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ on Tuesday afternoon for Annie Mac.
Listen to their rendition of ‘Barbarians’ below, which they previously played at T In The Park. The song starts at the 7.50 mark.
The Libertines recently announced that third album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ will be released on September 4. The 12-track album follows their 2004 self-titled album and 2002 debut ‘Up The Bracket’.
Last night saw The Libertines play a two-hour surprise guerrilla gig at the Blues Kitchen 265-capacity venue in Camden, north London, the smallest gig the group have played since 2004.
Earlier in the evening, all four members had been drinking with friends at nearby pub The Dublin Castle, with singer Peter Doherty getting onstage unannounced there to sing ‘Albion’ to the small, surprised crowd. His Libertines co-frontman Carl Barat joined him to play drums on the track.
Following that, both singers walked from The Dublin Castle to the nearby Blues Kitchen venue, alongside bassist John Hassall, drummer Gary Powell and most of the Dublin Castle clientele. The Libertines played 28 songs in total at The Blues Kitchen, with fans shouting requests and all four members taking turns to stagedive into the crowd at various times.
At one point, Doherty even told the audience it was Barat’s dream “to crowdsurf from the stage to the bar”, a statement Barat quickly took advantage of. After being carried to the bar, he returned a few minutes later with a bottle of rum which he then poured into Doherty’s mouth while he knelt on the floor playing the guitar solo from the band’s 2004 favourite ‘What Katie Did’.
The band covered numerous other tracks including ‘Someday’ by The Strokes, ‘Rudie Can’t Fail’ by The Clash and, more bizarrely, ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ by 80s pop star Tiffany. The latter prompted one of the biggest singalongs of the night.
Watch footage from the show here.