With a new album on the horizon, The Libertines continue to release music that lets us know what to expect ahead of the release of ‘All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade’, which comes out on March 8. Their latest offering, ‘Shiver’, is the British group’s third release.
It’s easy to frame ‘Shiver’ within the themes we know so far. Although it begins with some first piano chords, the song quickly takes on the characteristic but slower pace of ‘Run Run Run’, serving as an intermediate point between said song and the quiet ‘Night Of The Hunter’.
The song, with a narrative that takes us to a war situation where a soldier is the protagonist, pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II of England after her death. “Everyone was queuing up to watch / The old woman is gone / As the tattered banner hits the ground / Another coronation day,” The Libertines sing.
“Peter had one song in his head and I had another, so we mixed them together and made it a collaboration,” said Carl Barât. «I would have a hard time saying who did what, because we were both there the entire time during its creation. “It should actually be called ‘The Last Dream Of Every Dying Soldier’, but everyone liked the title ‘Shiver’,” Peter Doherty confessed.