If you were lucky enough to catch them at the recently wrapped-up Glastonbury, you might have seen The Libertines make a surprise appearance after a ten-year hiatus. For fans, this was the moment they’d been waiting for – the moment they released a statement anticipating a comeback LP, Anthems For Doomed Youth.
“Dearest one and all, the day has finally arrived, to announce the unveiling of the new Libertines record – Anthems For Doomed Youth. We do so with the utmost pride and jubilation. She (the record) will be available on 4 September. It would be inappropriate for us not to mark this occasion with a celebration of the highest order, so we will be indulging in a week of folly around the UK in which you will all be invited to partake. Just by signing up via www.thelibertines.com, not even a record in your pocket, you will be the first to hear of these activities. You absolutely do not want to miss these announcements. It is hard to express the extent of our enormous happiness and gratitude for what we have achieved since regrouping, from Hyde Park to Thailand, to Glastonbury, it has been the most inspiring and fantastical of journeys for which we thank you all.”
The first taste off the record, Gunga Din premiered on BBC Radio 1. Much like on the record as a whole, the grammy-nominated Jake Gosling (previously working with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Wiley) is executive producer on the release.
For now, listen to the track, watch the video – get comfy, let’s wait.