British indie rockers The Libertines have unleashed their new single “Night Of The Hunter” via a music video.
The track features on their forthcoming album, All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade, set to arrive on March 8 2024 through EMI. Pre-order your copy here.
Speaking about it, Doherty said: “We got the title from Charles Laughton’s directorial debut Night Of The Hunter starring Robert Mitchum as a preacher with ‘LOVE’ and ‘HATE’ tattooed on his knuckles. The song’s about not staying ahead of the law. This fella doesn’t really know why his mate’s dead, but he’s got a feeling his mate had it coming to him. He fucked with the wrong people, and he stole something he shouldn’t have, and he got stabbed. So, he’s angry and hurt and he has to go and get revenge, so he does and that’s it for him, basically. Once he has stabbed the lad who stabbed his mate, that’s it for him. He lashed out in revenge and he knows they’re coming to get him and he’s not even going to try and run because he knows he’ll just be running forever.”
Carl Barât added: “I started writing a riff and it ended up sounding a bit like Swan Lake, and everyone went, ‘Yeah!’ Then we got Peter’s theremin player in which took about a day to get in tune, then he played that sequence and it worked beautifully. The idea of getting carted off for ten years is horrendous… the condemned man dies 1000 times.”
Watch the Alexander Brown-directed video below.
All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade Tracklist:
- Run, Run, Run
- Have A Friend
- Merry Old England
- Man With The Melody
- Oh Shit
- Night Of The Hunter
- Baron’s Claw
- Be Young
- Songs They Never Play On The Radio
Photo credit: Edward Cooke