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The Libertines Share Violent, Voyeuristic ‘Heart of the Matter’ Video

"It's a catharsis, a bleak, bold and brave one," says the clip's director

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The Libertines have unveiled their video for Anthems For a Doomed Youth single “Heart of the Matter,” and boy do things get gritty quickly. Directed by Roger Sargent, the clip has Peter Doherty and Carl Barât in a closed-off interrogation room, where audience members sit on the outside and pay to watch them repeatedly beat and question each other.

Speaking to NME, Sargent said the following of 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.

Watch below via NME, and re-read SPIN’s Words of Wisdom with Barât and Doherty of the Libertines.