The countdown to the release of album number four, ‘All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade’ is hotting up for The Libertines and to close off the start of their 2023 comeback year the garage rock four piece’s latest record shows off their tender proclivities. Largely regarded as an erudite punk group, it’s the band’s more overtly melodic moments that help raise them above their peers and ‘Night of the Hunter’ serves only to elevate them further.
With the title inspired by Charles Laughton’s 1955 film of the same name, the song acoustically narrates a revenge-murder scene, the law-loathing protagonist making one last phone call to his lover as the blue flashing lights arrive, whilst a lone theremin performs a haunting excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, the listener unsure whether the chorus’s plea of “Don’t blame me, it’s the world that made me” is coming from the character still or the fast-and-risky-living band themselves.
‘Night of the Hunter’ was released on Wednesday 6th December 2023 and coincides with the Libertines takeover of Margate this weekend (9th and 10 December), performing shows and sets at the town’s Lido, bandstand as well as in their own venues The Albion Rooms and Justine’s.
There’s an excellent promo out to go along with the single, produced by Alex Brown, and you can view it below: