Thanks to the lovely chaps at Eurostar, DT were able to check out Carl Barat’s debut gig down in King’s cross on the 27th, and it has to be said that the Chavvily-Chic former Libertines man is just as at home at the front of the stage as his old boss Pete Doherty – if somewhat less generally shambolic. Carl’s hitting the road to promote tracks from his new, eponymous album and you and a friend could be lucky enough to catch him playing in glamorous Paris on November 5th, with free luxury Eurostar travel and a signed album thrown in for good luck.
If you want to be in with a chance of winning this great prize then head over to Eurostar’s site right now and get your name in the pork-pie hat.
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Stepping on stage after a variety of interchangeable support bands with post ironic names, Carl comes across as a refreshing, polished change to the often falling-apart-at-the-seams theme that typified later Libertines gigs, backed up ably by a profusely sweating band, he throws out tracks from his new debut album while stripping down to a wife-beater and gold chain look that prompts some very exacting comments from the blonde lady next to me.
Bashing out new single Run with the boys and interspersing the more rocking moments with a fantastic rendidtion of So long my lover, Barat moves the mood of the night expertly, but never allows the momentum to cease.
Of course, Mr Barat is no fool, and knows that however catchy his own tunes are (answer: Very, in a post indie-lad-rock way, all jangling, popping guitars and thundering, rolling basslines), a large portion of the crowd is here to listen to him rolling out tunes from his former group’s back catalogue, and we’re duly obliged. A jumpy, fun set rounded off with a surprisingly thunderous rendition of ‘Can’t stand me now’ that even sees the hipster types at the front attempt a little bit of moshing (bless ‘em).
Overall, a solid, fun night out with a professional, hard working band.