Libertines Sign With Virgin EMI, Comeback Album is ‘Going To Happen’

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Carl Barat and Pete Doherty of The Libertines perform on stage on the third and last day of the Alive Festival at Oeiras, on the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal on July 12, 2014.

The Libertines, one of the most enigmatic of all British bands during its brief lifetime, is inching ever closer to a comeback after signing with Virgin EMI.

The group, founded by its poetic and combative frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat, has declared the new recording deal as a signal to “a new era and a new beginning.” And they hope to release a new album next year.

Jack White Offered to Produce The Libertines Reunion Album

The band’s many loyal fans hadn’t given up hope for a reunion, or a follow-up to the Libertines’ last, self-titled album, which topped the Official U.K. Albums Chart following its release in 2014.

The group shared news of their new record deal with a Facebook post which read, “Today we signed a new record deal with Virgin EMI Records on Ko Si Chang Island. It's going to happen. After everything we have been through The Albion sails on course again, and we couldn't be more excited. This signals a new era and a new beginning for The Libertines.”

 

The bandmates are currently in Thailand, where Doherty is in rehab, a theme which has overshadowed his music career for the past ten years or so.

Depending on which side you took, the Libertines was either the most brilliant, or most overhyped, band of its era. What’s not in doubt is that they couldn’t be ignored. The debut 2002 album Up the Bracket peaked at No. 35 on the Official U.K Albums Chart, but was a big hit with British critics. With their second album, The Libertines, the band confirmed their elevation from cult status to commercial success (both sets were produced by Mick Jones from The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite).

The Libertines caused something of a frenzy when they reunited for an open-air show at London's Hyde Park this summer. During the show, 38 fans were injured and eight hospitalized (a smaller-scale reunion took place in 2010). Doherty later went on the record as saying that Jack White had offered to produce their third album. White later denied it all


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