The Libertines are delighted to announce the release of a wonderful new song, a Shakespearean tale of blood and revenge, entitled Night of The Hunter, which is taken from the band’s forthcoming fourth studio album, All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade.

Peter and Carl discuss Night Of The Hunter:

Peter “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 “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.”

All Quiet On The Eastern EsplanadeThe Libertines’ first new album in nine years, is released on 8th March ’24 through EMI and isavailable to preorder here: 

All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade features eleven new Libertines songs and was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Dimitri Tikovoï (The Horrors/Charli XCX/Becky Hill) and recorded at The Albion Rooms in Margate. Recorded in just four weeks earlier this year during February and March and finished over seven days at La Ferme de Gestein Studios in Normandy, with additional production and mixed by Dan Grech-Marguerat (Lana Del Rey/Liam Gallagher/Paul McCartney).

All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade will be available on CD, deluxe CD, 12” vinyl in limited edition coloured variants, deluxe double vinyl cassette and digital download.

The Libertines are Peter Doherty – vocals/guitar, Carl Barât – vocals/guitar, John Hassall – bass guitar and Gary Powell– drums. The band have released three albums: Up The Bracket (2002); The Libertines (2004); and Anthems For Doomed Youth (2015).

The Libertines play the following club shows over the next three months, all of which sold out within minutes of going on sale.


9th SAT Margate Lido

10th SUN Margate Lido


23rd TUE Stockton Arc

24th Wed Liverpool Cavern Club

25th THU Milton Keynes MK11

27th SAT Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

28th SUN Derby Hairy Dog


11th SUN Falmouth Pavilions

12th Mon Southampton Engine Room

14th WED Stoke Underground

15th THU Leeds The Wardrobe

16th FRI Glasgow Oran Mor

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