This week on China Calling Case File :
Our host Vlatka is sitting down and chatting with the Libertines who recently rocked Hong Kong Clockenflap Festival.
Libertines the UK band that formed in the early 2000s gained commercial success after their album got voted to Nr 1 in the UK charts. In December 2004, their self-titled second album was voted the second best album of the year by NME magazine. The first two of their full-length LPs were produced by Mick Jones, of the British punk band The Clash.
They rose to the top fast but split even faster. Only 2 albums into it, the band announced their separation and Pete Doherty and Carl Barat went their separate ways. The official statement said that the breakup of the band was due to relationship difficulties between Barat and Doherty and not related to Pete Dohery’s drug addictions. The members of The Libertines went on to form new bands with varying degrees of commercial and critical success.
In August 2010, the four members of The Libertines reunited to play a series of shows, including slots at the 2010 Reading and Leeds Festivals. The reunion shows received a highly positive response from the press and fans and a year ago, the Libertines signed a new record deal, with Virgin EMI Records, and released their third album, Anthems for Doomed Youth on September 11, 2015. The album was recorded and produced in Thailand and our host Vlatka met up with the boys in the band to find out what became of the likely lads! Tune in to hear what they had to say, before they went on stage in Hong Kong and have a listen to this China Calling Case File - a focus on one high profile band.