The Likely Lads premiere the video for their first single ‘Gunga Din’. The song is the first preview of the band’s new upcoming 12 track album titled Anthems For Doomed Youth.
The group released their debut record Up The Bracket in 2002, and their second self titled LP in 2004. After that the band members went their separate ways. Pete Doherty went onto form BabyShambles and put out his 2009 solo record Grace/Wastelands, while Carl Barat, formed Dirty Pretty Things and released a solo LP in 2010.
In January 2015, Doherty checked himself into a Thai rehab facility, to receive treatment for his well publicised heroin addiction. During his recovery, Doherty was visited by Barat, the songwriting duo penned five new songs together in rehab, for the band’s third album.
The singer spoke to Noisey about some of the new material he’d written while in Bangkok. “The thing is it’s quite a tranquil place, so I don’t like to make too much noise,” said Doherty.
“But I’ll say that I have rediscovered a few facets that have come back to life since I’ve been here and one of them is just enjoying playing guitar and learning songs I used to know backwards and inside out. Like old Lindisfarne and Stone Roses songs and just taking them and just shifting the chords about.
“I’ve come up with some good riffs too. Like simple bass lines and I’m trying to get this warlord’s daughter to play drums for me but she’s off the radar at the moment. So hopefully we’ll have some new ideas when Carl next bounds into view in his bandana and leathers. A man who swore he’d never wear flip-flops! Although he doesn’t call them flip flops he calls them ‘sliders’.”
Anthems For Doomed Youth includes some material written in the early days of the Libertines. Doherty stated that he finally had the chance to record unused and unfinished work from the decade the group were originally together.
Chatting with NME, Doherty said: “We always had the tunes but we threw away so many. Some sneaked out as internet giveaways or they weren’t recorded properly. So this is a chance for us to make a record rather than somebody just stapling loads of bits together.”
The frontman seemed hopeful that the band could continue on from where they left off. “I can’t say that I’ve been able to listen properly to what we did, because some part of me doesn’t want to engage with it. But whilst I’ve been clean I’ve tried to listen to some of it.
“If we can pick up from where we left off 10 years ago, fuck what anyone else thinks. We’re still on a path to Arcadia. That’s all that matters to me.”
The Libertines will play Dublin’s 3Arena on 9 July. Tickets €49.50 incl. booking fee from Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.ie
Watch the video for ‘Gunga Din’ below.