It’s official: The Libertines will be making a new album. The British punk revivalists, who got back together last summer for a series of European shows, have signed a deal with Virgin Records to put out their first album in 11 years.
The announcement from the band came in Thailand, where frontman Pete Doherty is currently in rehab. In his statement, Doherty was speechless. “I don’t know what to say, I’m so happy,” he said. “It was a really beautiful day.” Doherty’s bandmate Carl Barat had this to say: “After everything we have been through The Albion sails on course again, I couldn’t be more excited.”
The Libertines were formed in 1997 and released two critically acclaimed albums in their first go-round. Tensions between Doherty and Barat, coupled with Doherty’s very high-profile struggle with drug addiction, led to the band’s initial dissolution. After a few reunion gigs in 2010, the band officially got back together earlier this year.
2015 will likely be a busy year for Barat: aside from a new Libertines album, he also has a new album coming out on February 16th with has band The Jackals.