Alan McGee's recent interview for http://www.curiousanimal.com/
Interviewer:Out of Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, and The Libertines, who partied hardest?
Alan McGee:The Libertines. They’re mental. Pete Doherty’s got the constitution of an ox. The Mary Chain partied, but they’re normal people. Oasis partied, but they’re basically normal people. Pete Doherty partied and I don’t actually know how he’s still alive. I mean The Mary Chain are animals, they’re still at it, but they’ve also got families and normal lives. I don’t think Pete Doherty has a normal life in that way. He is Pete Doherty 24/7. I’m not putting him down; that’s just how he is.
Matt: He’s always late. He’s like clockwork in his lateness. Yesterday in Southhampton, the bus was picking us up at half 12 at the hotel to go to the venue, and [tour manager] Timm phoned him, goes, ‘Al, where are you? The bus is here.’ Everybody knew what time they had to be down there. He said, ‘I’m watching Danger Mouse’. He was still in bed.
“And it was just like, they were the Sex Pistols of my generation, I think in some ways. They are a much more lyrical band, they’re a much more romantic band than the Sex Pistols, but they do have the same kind of chaotic, anarchic energy. That’s what I love about The Libertines, in all their albums there is a romance about England combined with a realism about it - about how cynical it is, about how negative it can be. But despite all of that, we still love it and are still incredibly proud to be English, despite all the things that are not right in our country.”—Daniel Radcliffe about The Libertines (2014) [x] (via 1ibertine)
”And I suppose it’s a call for arms, it’s a call for heroes.”
“The Libertines will tour Europe this fall, and hope to hit the U.S. next year for the first time since 2003. “I don’t know what your immigration people’s policy is on my band,” says Barât with a laugh. “But we’d love to.” (Doherty was denied entry into the U.S. after flying to New York for a gig with Sean Lennon in 2010.) They’re even writing a script for a planned sitcom about their early days. “You couldn’t make some of it up,” says Barât.”—
from Rolling Stone, “The Libertines’ Shocking Comeback: Behind 2014’s Messiest Reunion”
Carl Barat:[When we played together] it was undeniable. You could see it on everyone's faces. It's like an old storybook covered in dust. You pull it out, and it's everything you've ever wanted.
Peter Doherty:[The new songs] they're as melodic as ever – bouncy and buoyant, but with those ever-present doom-laden undertones...You know what we're like. We're all over the place, we're a mess, but we've got a few things going for us – and that is these melodies that weave our fucking songs together.