Frontman speaks about relationship with co-frontman in new interview
The band returned to release their third album ‘Anthems for Doomed Youth’ in September of last year, with Doherty recently speaking to Noisey China about the band’s early days and their latest music.
Doherty and Barat first met in the late 90s through Doherty’s older sister, who had studied with Barat at Brunel University. Doherty told Noisey that the pair bonded over mutual disappointment.
“I met Carl and in the same way that I was outraged that UCL [University College London] wouldn’t take me, he was outraged at how no modelling agencies would give him a contract,” Doherty recalls in the video interview.
“He’d sit outside the modelling agencies and all these beautiful boys would be coming out, he’d go ‘Look at him, I’m much better looking than him. Let’s go beat him up and get his contract.’ I was not so much amused by him as frightened by him, but I needed to learn to play guitar and he needed someone to push him and believe in him. So we both just thought ‘Fuck it, we’ll form a band.'”
Doherty continued: “In the same way that I was obsessed with clothes, he was very obsessed with looks. I’ve never slept with a boy but I can appreciate a good looking boy and I always thought Carl was quite striking looking. At school he had been told that he was ugly so he had this strange complex where he just needed to be loved and told that he was beautiful. But it can go too far, because now he insists that he is getting better looking as he gets older. “
The Libertines are currently on their first-ever UK arena tour, with dates in Cardiff, Birmingham, Bournemouth and London still to come. Sleaford Mods, The View, Reverend and The Makers, The Enemy, Blossoms and The Sherlocks are among the support acts for the tour.
The band’s live dates are in full:
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (26)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (27)
Bournemouth, BIC (29)
London, The O2 (30)