The unsettling visual focuses on voyeurism and celebrity culture
James Moore

13:57 23rd September 2015

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The Libertines have released a hard hitting and grim video for their new single ‘Heart Of The Matter’. Check it out below.

The director of the poignant music video, Roger Sargent spoke extensively about the concept behind it. “The Libertines have never been a band to lack candour or bravery...almost to a fault. Their honesty, their friendship has played out, in the public domain often with catastrophic consequences."    

"In ‘Heart Of The Matter’, Peter and Carl reflectively talk about the damage and abuse they have caused themselves over the years, openly mystified that they have survived thus far. It's a catharsis, a bleak, bold and brave one."   

"To that end, when we talked about making the video for the song we all felt it had to be similarly honest. The unsettling subjects could not be shied away from. On the contrary, these had to be faced head on.”

The video is definitely effective in exposing the voyeuristic nature of the press and its consumers, and is certainly appropriate for a band that has suffered a great deal of turmoil over the years.

Watch the video for 'Heart Of The Matter' below 

Read our verdict on the band's new album, Anthems For Doomed Youth here.  

The band recently had to cancel at Camden gig last minute due to a "medical emergency," later revealing that Pete Dogherty had suffered a severe panic attack.

Watch our documentary on The Libertines' guide to London below

The Libertines have announced a huge UK arena tour in 2016. Check out the dates below and click here for tickets and more information.

21 January - GLASGOW, SSE Hydro Arena
23 January - MANCHESTER, Arena
25 January - NOTTINHAM, Capital FM Arena
26 January - CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena
27 January - BIRMINHAM, Barclaycard Arena
30 January - LONDON, The O2

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