The Libertines have discussed erotic fiction that has been written by their fans and subsequently posted online, most of which centring around the fictional romance between frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barât.
Speaking in a new interview with Time Out, Doherty described the stories as “fucking weird”, adding that, “a lot of effort has gone into it”.
Doherty said: “Someone pointed us in the direction of it. It’s fucking weird, man, isn’t it? A lot of effort has gone into it. There’ll be a poetic stream of consciousness and then suddenly, BANG! My cock will appear in Carl’s ear.”
The singer added that some of the descriptions were uncannily accurate: “I think it must be written by someone close to us, because apart from the actual sex side of things, which obviously isn’t true, some of it’s quite close to life.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Doherty took exception to the idea that the way he and Barât behave on stage is contrived and choreographed.
“We’re being asked to analyse the changes and the differences, just to placate the naysayers,” he said. “I’m scared to share a microphone with him now because people say it’s a gimmick. Sometimes I do rush over [to the mic], but that’s only because after you have had a few drinks and smoked a certain amount you get that really nice smell on your breath. You know, like when your lover has got that winey, smoky taste. Not that Carl’s my lover… I’d rather toss off a frog.”
Barât also said that the group “understand things a bit better” now that they’re back together. He added, “We called down the thunder, and by fuck did we get it: like a piledriver that squashed the four of us. Now we’re realising a bit what things mean. How little time there is.”
The Libertines release new album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’, their first LP in 11 years, on September 11 – with the record pushed back a week from its original date. It follows the group’s 2004 self-titled album and 2002 debut ‘Up The Bracket’.
Pete Doherty and Carl Barât will join their Libertines bandmates as they headline Reading And Leeds Festival this weekend (August 28-30). They join fellow headliners Mumford & Sons and Metallica on the bill.