In an interview with NME, reformed shambolic indie-garage revivalists The Libertines have said that their new album will be released this year, and it won't see them trying to ape their past too heavily (and given the amount of guitar bands who are still attempting to copy their early work that will surely be a releif). With so many old songs still not officially released, it would be easy to fall back on this material, but the as yet untitled record will feature just one reworking in the form of 'You're My Waterloo' along with an expected ten brand new tracks.
Drumming home the fact that the new sound is likely to be somewhat unexpected, John Hassall joked that the group had "gone prog" after revealing that piano and synths feature on some songs. Another surprise move is the recruitment of producer Jake Gosling, better known for his work with pop fodder such as One Direction and Ed Sheeran.
The Libertines have also been confirmed as the headliners for both T In The Park and the Reading And Leeds festivals this summer, so you can probably expect new material to be aired then.
To be honest, we're really not sure what to expect, but at least we're unlikely to be transported back to 2003 again.
In this interview with Bec-Tero Music from earlier this year, Pete Doherty talks about his recovery and life in Thailand.