The Libertines Discuss ‘Gunga Din’ With Annie Mac On BBC Radio 1 | Music News
The Libertines recently unveiled details of their new LP which will be a 12-track record entitled Anthems For Doomed Youth which is set for release on September 4. This will be the band’s first album in 11 years, which follows their self titled album in 2004. After premiering their new single “Gunga Din“, the band spoke to Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 to talk about the new track. “[The title is] from a Rudyard Kipling poem of the same name“, Carl Barât said, before quoting the poem in question: “Though I’ve belted you and flayed you. By the livin’ Gawd that made you. You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din“.
They were later quizzed on when the band decided to make new music again, to which Doherty replied: “In a short period of time just before Christmas last year when Carl appeared out of the blue while I was having some treatment to curb my enthusiasms and we spent a bit of time together. We find ourselves picking up guitars at odd times, doing a few tunes and with Carl mucking about, we decided to make music at the end of it“. Barât added: “It’s been part of our friendship that we decided to make music again. We communicated through making music anyway“. You can listen to the full interview below.