Barât: “The Albion sails on course again”, as The Libertines sign new record deal.

They’re the band that split opinion between music fans, the ultimate love or hate band. Some argue they’re unbearable, some argue they’re the best ever. Whilst I assign my opinion to neither of those, I can express that I’m over the moon to hear about Virgin EMI signing The Libertines with a sight to releasing an album next year.
Realising two albums in 2002 and 2004, they vanished as a band until this year when they played a huge gig in Hyde Park. Even more love or hate is Pete Doherty, currently in rehab and last month showing off his first ever clean urine sample, his years of drug addiction have concerned Libertines fans from the beginning but they finally seem to have been put to bed. Aside his brother figure Carl Barât,John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell The Libertines produced some of the anthems of the early 2000s and created hysteria when announcing their first gig in 4 years, followed by two dates at London’s Alexandra Palace in September this year.
Poetically, it was in Doherty’s Thai rebab that The Libertines this week signed a 10-year deal with one of the biggest recording companies in music, and for those who haven’t managed to see them since 2010, or even 2004, Christmas has certainly come early.


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