Last week, we saw Father John Misty do drugs and make out with himself in the video for “The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment”. Now, we see The Libertines get a little meta in much the same way in their clip for “Heart of the Matter”, their latest single off new record Anthems for Doomed Youth.
Directed by Roger Sargent, who also worked on the band’s 2011 documentary, There are No Innocent Bystanders, the visual sees frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barât beat up two guys to a bloody pulp while folks look on with eerie delight. Of course, the plot twist here is that the Libertine boys are actually inflicting pain on — wait for it — themselves. Dun dun dun.
In a statement, Sargent explained the concept behind the video:
“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.”