The Libertines have unanimously confirmed they hope to make a fourth album, with frontman Pete Doherty claiming they want to begin work “as soon as possible.”
The Libertines recently announced that third album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ will be released on September 4. The 12-track album is the band’s first album in 11 years, following their 2004 self-titled album and 2002 debut ‘Up The Bracket’.
In an interview with the BBC filmed before the band went onstage at T In The Park festival on Saturday (July 11), the band confirm their hopes for a follow-up fourth album.
Interviewed by Reverend and The Makers Jon McLure and rapper Louie from Glaswegian hip hop duo Hector Bizerk, The Libertines are questioned on their reformation and future plans.
“Is this it now then, are you remarried for good? Are you together forever?” McClure asks.
“You know how a marriage works Jon,” replies Carl Barât. “It’s a fickle thing. But you know, you’ve got to enjoy every moment, haven’t you?”
“So would you like to make another record together?” McClure quizzes the group, before receiving a ‘yes’ from each member and a definite “as soon as possible” from Doherty.
The Libertines made their long-awaited return to T In The Park on Saturday (July 11), where they co-headlined the main stage alongside Swedish EDM titan Avicii.
Playing the festival for the first time since 2004, The Libertines’ set was one of the busiest of the weekend, also seeing the band debut new tracks ‘Fame And Fortune’ and ‘Barbarians’ from their forthcoming new album.
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”, lead singer Pete Doherty said that the revision sparked competition between himself and fellow 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 inspired 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.”