​the libertines have announced that their new album is inspired by amy winehouse

Fresh from recording the record in Thailand, the likely lads announce a new direction inspired by an old friend.

by Francesca Dunn and i-D Staff
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18 June 2015, 1:34am

The Libertines are back in town having recorded what will be their first record in over a decade. As they prepare for release (their first time via Virgin EMI) the boys have stated that they're back with a new sound. "We've gone progressive," says John Hassall. "No, don't get scared. It's still the Libertines, but it would be weird if we came back and just did exactly the same thing." The band teamed up with One Direction producer Jake Gosling on the LP because, as Carl Barat said in what might be the understatement of the century, they "wanted to try something a bit new".

Pete Doherty has told fans that while making the album they had a photograph of his late friend Amy Winehouse in the studio at all times. "She was never a massive fan of my songwriting, or at least she never admitted to it! She was a bit of a harsh critic, but in a lot of ways we were kindred spirits, and all the boys loved her." The album follows Flags of the Old Regime, a track that Pete wrote in tribute to Amy's death back in 2011 aged just 27. Profits from sales of the single went to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

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