Pete Doherty on new Libertines album: ‘Carl and I had a lot to prove to each other as songwriters’

Third album 'Anthems For Doomed Youth' is out in September

The Libertines have revealed details regarding a handful of tracks from their upcoming new album.

The 12-track record will be titled ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’, out on September 4. It’s the band’s first album in 11 years, following their 2004 self-titled album and 2002 debut ‘Up The Bracket’.

Having recently shared lead single ‘Gunga Din’, the recently reunited group have now spoken to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now.

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.”

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The band recently revealed that the late Amy Winehouse was an inspiration behind their new record, despite the fact that she was “never a massive fan” of Pete Doherty’s work.

“The studio was quite sparsely decorated, but we did have a little NME front cover of Amy Winehouse over the mixing desk the whole time,” Doherty said. “The one constant in the mixing room, apart from John Hassall, who was always there from dawn to dusk, was the picture of Amy.”

He added: “She was never a massive fan of my songwriting, or at least she never admitted to it! She was a bit of a harsh critic, but in a lot of ways we were kindred spirits, and all the boys loved her. She was quite inspirational as well, because while she was critical, that’s because she had very high standards.”

See the ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ tracklisting below.

‘Barbarians’
‘Gunga Din’
‘Fame and Fortune’
‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’
‘Heart Of The Matter’
‘Belly Of The Beast’
‘Iceman’
‘You’re My Waterloo’
‘Fury of Chonburi’
‘The Milkman’s Horse’
‘Glasgow Coma Scale Blues’
‘Dead For Love’
‘Love On The Dole’ [Bonus]
‘Bucket Shop’ [Bonus]
‘Lust Of The Libertines’ [Bonus]
‘7 Deadly Sins’ [Bonus]

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