Published: 19/06/2017 10:16 - Updated: 21/06/2017 10:19

Libertines date for Inverness

The Libertines
The Libertines

THE Libertines will play the Ironworks on Monday, September 18 - tickets go on sale from Friday, June 23 at 9am. 

After the enthisastic response to their 2015 album Anthems For Doomed Youth, the reunited band went on to play together to great reviews.

And members of the band have said that this latest tour – the Tiddley Om Pom Pom su,mmer tour which leads into Scottish dates – is a chance to find and pay for a base for a recording studio and possibly the much-mentioned "hotel" base they'd like somewhere on the coast.

Or as the band put it on their Facebook page on Friday – referencing the Albion Rooms of Carl and Pete’s original Bethnal Green flat and guerrilla gig HQ – "Good Ship Albion is setting sail once again, looking for a new Arcadia to moor".

The band was formed in 1997 in London by frontmen Carl Barât and Pete Doherty, the creative core of what became the four-piece.

But the tensions between the two were the downside to the band’s status as the leaders of what was seen as the vanguard of a new indie guitar band movement.

High drama involving drugs and fall-outs saw the band continue till 2004 with debut album Up The Bracket in 2002 placed 10th in rock weekly NME’s list of the greatest British albums ever. Second album The Libertines in 2004 – again produced by Mick Jones brought two top 10 singles Can’t Stand Me Now reached number two while What Became of the Likely Lads reached nine. the album comver featured the iconic image of Carl and Pete at a gig just after Pete’s release from jail after breaking into Carl’s flat and stealing some items.

Apart from a one-off reunion in 2010, The Libertines were mothballed.

Meanwhile Pete formed, toured and recorded with Babyshambles – playing the Ironworks in 2006, as did Carl on Hogmanay the same year with his band Dirty Pretty Things.

Now the Libertines – including regulars John Hassall on bass and Gary Powell on drums – are thought to be working on their follow-up to Anthems For Doomed Youth.

Though in a recent NME interview, Carl suggested new songs might not be unveiled during the tour.

He said that "... if something comes up and begs to be played then we’ll play it. But the thing about playing new songs ... is that no one ever knows them".

Kasabian has included The Libertines in a list of bands with the Arctic Monkeys and themselves as being among the only indie survivors of the early 2000s.

Asked about that survival in the NME interview, Carl said he didn’t really have a good answer for it.

It was in August 2010 that the four members of the Libertines reunited for some shows including a well-received set at the 2010 Reading and Leeds Festivals.

The band reformed again to play Hyde Park in 2014, later that year signing a record deal with Virgin EMI Records. Later, during Pete’s stay at a rehab centre in Sriracha, Thailand, he was joined by Carl for the first of a series of "creative summits", which resulted in the new tracks of third album Anthems for Doomed Youth in September 2015.

At the time the album was being released, bassist John Hassall said: "It’s almost like starting over, while still having that history behind us. It’s ironic, going from being The Libertines, to not being The Libertines, then being The Libertines and being bigger than you ever were before.

"It’s not all plain sailing, we have to get through certain things, but it’s been going amazingly. It’s a great opportunity for us to move forward, in the band and in our personal lives. We’re very united."

Tickets for The Libertines’ show on Monday, September 18 go on sale from Friday, June 23 at 9am.

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