Pete Doherty has said that Brexit will “be the best thing in the world for music”, arguing that it will result in “an incredible backlash” from musicians. Check out the video below.
The Libertines frontman, who recently returned with new band The Puta Madres, was taking part in an interview with Channel 4 when he was asked for his thoughts on Britain’s upcoming departure from the EU.
Describing how he has a “horrible creeping [feeling]” about what it means for the country, Doherty replied: “I can feel like in Watership Down when the fields start to turn black, because of all the propaganda that we’re getting fed about Brexit.
“I don’t believe that this great British nation is capable of doing that to itself. And destroying my band in the process, because I’m the only British passport holder in the band.”
"It'll be the best thing in the world for music… there will be an incredible backlash."
Pete Doherty says Brexit could be good for music – but may also break up his band. pic.twitter.com/IsyECBdXt2
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) March 31, 2019
Asked if Brexit is bad for the music industry specifically, Doherty responded: “No, it’ll be the best thing in the world for music.”
Explaining how the political discourse will see a rise in creativity and influence song-writing, the musician said: “You’ll see, you’ll get the most insane new wave of the most incredible [acts]. You see the difference between writing a poem in prison and writing a poem in a cottage by a lake, you know.
“There will be an incredible backlash.”
Last week, Thom Yorke, Years & Years, Fatboy Slim and many more musicians joined huge crowds in London for the Brexit People’s Vote March. Earlier this month, The Who’s Roger Daltrey argued that Brexit won’t affect British musicians.
Meanwhile, Pete Doherty & The Puta Madres are set to head out on a UK tour in May. The stint will conclude with a show at London’s Kentish Town Forum on May 12 – check out the full list of dates below.
3 Friday: Belfast – Limelight
4 Saturday: Dublin – The Academy
5 Sunday: Bristol – O2 Academy
7 Tuesday: Glasgow – Barrowland Ballroom
8 Wednesday: Leeds – Stylus
9 Thursday: Manchester – O2 Ritz
11 Saturday: Nottingham – Rock City
12 Sunday: London – O2 Forum Kentish Town