Carl Barat: ‘There’s still a destructive element to The Libertines’

Singer says his and Pete Doherty's relationship is both 'deeply horrible and beatifically brilliant'

Carl Barat has admitted there are still elements of discord in The Libertines.

In March the group announced they are to reform to play their first gigs since 2004 at the Reading And Leeds Festivals over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Speaking of the band’s current relations, Barat told The Observer that he thinks the difficult nature of his relationship with co-frontman Pete Doherty is what makes The Libertines unique.


“There’s always some destructive element in there,” Barat explained, adding that inter-band relations are still potentially volatile.

He added: “They always will be, because of the nature of its ingredients. I don’t really enjoy it – I spend my whole life trying to make some sort of order out of chaos.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Barat described his relationship with Doherty as: “as deeply horrible and beatifically brilliant as the depths of any relationship can allow.”

He also gave his opinion on The Libertines‘ enduring popularity, which has seen them given the second-on-the-bill slot on Reading And Leeds Festival‘s Main Stage this August.

“I guess the band were an accurate snapshot of the time, which became a soundtrack. Their friends told their friends and then it all swirled round into one big pop nebula. And then the nebula became compact and it exploded.”


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