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Carl Barat and members of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things Live at Homeclub | Review

 

Long live British rock!
And that was the phrase racing through most of our minds after catching Carl Barat along with members of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things at Homeclub last weekend. Famously known as the Pete Doherty’s mic-sharing sidekick and co-frontman in The Libertines, Carl Barat proved to us why he is every bit of a rockstar like his former bandmate when he gave the audience an astounding 1 hour performance of british indie rock and a taste of his signature stage presence charisma that melted most hearts(both female and male fans!) like heatwaves through the club.

Kicking off the show with a popular tune from Dirty Pretty Thing’s first album “Waterloo to Anywhere”, the crowd immediately started cheering and burst into a dancing frenzy when they heard the punchy first few guitar riffs of “Bang Bang You’re Dead”. Witnessing a song that I use to hum to, on my way to see friends for a night of indie rock disco,  live was absolutely gratifying and I was instantly trapped under Carl Barat’s smoking gaze as he serenaded the crowd with songs from Dirty Pretty Things and his solo project.

 

 

Halfway through the set, members of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things left and Carl took the stage by himself. Just when we stopped hoping for something more out of the show, Carl surprised us all by playing an acoustic rendition of The Libertines’s “What Katie Did”, a song written by Pete Doherty about his excessive drug use after his breakup with former girlfriend, Katie Lewis. This song is famous for it’s infectious singalong which goes “Shoop Shoop Shoop delang-a-lang”, making it a signature Libertines hit. Judging from the roar from the audience when Carl was playing this song,  it was clearly the crowd’s favourite. And did you know that “Shoop Shoop Shoop delang-a-lang” was a replacement for the line “Shoot shoot shoot the line-a-line”?

The night escalated quickly into a british rock anthem show as Carl Barat and the boys belted out more hits from Dirty Pretty Things and The Libertines. Much to the ladies delight, he removed his shirt towards the end of the show, making his significant “Libertine” tattoo on his right arm visible to the audience. This tattoo was clearly shown on The Libertines self-titled album which shows an image of Barat and Doherty reunited on the latter’s release from prison during “Freedom Gig” in 2003. This album cover was named one of the most influential album covers of 2000s by NME. The boys also showed us their funny side by pretending to leave the stage down a flight of stairs before the encore but in actual fact, they were hiding behind Homeclub’s DJ console. I loved how Carl Barat and Anthony Rossomando shared the mic during “Don’t Look Back Into The Sun” during the encore, clearly reminding me of Carl’s onstage chemistry/bromance with Pete Doherty.

 

Overall, most of us enjoyed the show thoroughly and it was one of Homeclub’s best nights but hey, wouldn’t hurt for Carl Barat to throw more of  old Libertines tunes such as “Can’t Stand Me Now” and ending the show with “Music When The Lights Go Out”  would have been more ideal for me.

 

 

 

Text by: Erin Riduan
Images by: Trisno Dimas

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