Pete Doherty hopes The Libertines will release new music in 2022.
The frontman has revealed that he and his bandmates – Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell – have decided to “delay” their first studio effort since 2015’s ‘Anthems for Doomed Youth’, and although he hasn’t no idea “how or when it will happen”, he would like to think that they can share something with the fans before the end of the year.
Pete said: “At the end of the tour that we did which ended last month, everyone was really optimistic that we were all still alive after the various quarantines and the comings and goings of John. We were all very optimistic about the future, so I don’t know how or when it’s going to happen, but I think it’s going to happen.”
The indie legend – who is touring Europe with French musician Frédéric Lo in May – also teased a “cracker” of a song called “Mustang”.
He added to NME.com: “I like to think so. There was a song that was being finished called ‘Mustang’, which was a cracker and definitely among the greatest. I kept saying, “Let’s do it tonight,” but everyone was more eager to hold back. I really hope you can hear it all this year.
Co-frontman Carl previously admitted it was difficult to complete the record amid the global pandemic, with Pete living in France and bassist John in Denmark.
In an update on the LP, he said: “It’s going well, but it’s been tough with COVID. We started writing here, and it was going really well but John [Hassall, bass] is in Denmark and Pete [Doherty] is in France. It’s been f***** traveling.
“We’re just waiting to get back to it, really. We all write and everything is positive. We’re just waiting to come back and ask stuff, it’s just a matter of time. It would be nice if we could do it here. It would make a lot of sense. We have never been so ready. We just need to come together and do it.
The Libertines were working with Liam Howlett of The Prodigy on their long-awaited new album in 2019.
The ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ hitmaker opened up about how they got “out of their zone” after their sessions with the ‘Firestarter’ hitmaker and record producer.
He said, “You can’t hurry but yeah, it’s [the album is] future.
“We’ve done some really interesting things, working with Liam [Howlett] from The Prodigy, which on some tracks are out of the box of what we’ve done before.
“I think we take a different approach where we just walk in and everyone does whatever they feel like in whatever style. We don’t limit ourselves.”
It was previously revealed that The Prodigy’s touring guitarist Olly Burden was also involved.