Libertines To Re-Unite

The Libertines
are set to reform for a slot at the Reading and Leeds festival in August. The band, which centred around the songwriting partnership of Pete Doherty and Carl Barât, have not played together as the Libertines since 2004. A source told the Guardian that the group would be receiving a huge sum for their performance, rumoured to be around £1.5m.

The Libertines formed in 1997, with bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell making up the lineup. The band earned themselves a devoted fanbase following the release of their debut album Up the Bracket in 2002. However, drug problems caused the band to disintegrate around the time of their second, self-titled album. Barât kicked his best friend Doherty out of the band in attempt to make him wake up to his heroin addiction, although this only served to increase antagonism between the pair.

Doherty went on to form Babyshambles while Barât became the frontman of Dirty Pretty Things, who split up in 2008. Relations between the pair have thawed considerably in recent times, however, and they have played on stage together on several occasions since the split. According to reports in the Sun, the group will consider announcing further dates and writing new material if the reunion goes well.

Don’t expect the road to be too smooth, though. Doherty was arrested last week on suspicion of supplying drugs following the death of Robin Whitehead at a flat in east London earlier this year.

Classic CD Review: Up the Bracket

Looks eerily similar to a scene in one "Bad Kids" music vid!

Band: Libertines
Label: Rough Trade
Release: 2002

1. “Vertigo” – A-
2. “Death on the Stairs” – A
3. “Horrorshow” – A-
4. “Time For Heroes” – A+
5. “Boys in the Band” – A+
6. “Radio America” – A-
7. “Up the Bracket” – A+
8. “Tell the King” – A+
9. “The Boy Looked At Johnny” – A+
10. “Begging” – A-
11. “The Good Old Days” – A+
12. “I Get Along” – A+

Comments: A much more polished album than The Libertines, this is , too, a more straight forward, cut-the-shit kind of release. Like the harmonies in “Boys in the Band” are priceless (unless you actually bought this album). I enjoy the bloody humor in a song like “The Boy,” you know what I mean? By the way, “The Good Old Days” is slowing developing into one of my favorite Libertines tunes.

Grade: A (94)

Classic CD Review: The Libertines

Band: The Libertines
Release: 2004
Label: Rough Trade

1. “Can’t Stand Me Now” – A+
2. “Last Post on the Bugle” – B+
3. “Don’t Be Shy” – B
4. “The Man Who Would Be King” – A-
5. “Music When The Lights Go Out” – A-
6. “Narcissist” – A
7. “The Ha Ha Wall” – B
8. “Albeit Macht Frei” – B+
9. “Campaign of Hate” – B-
10. “What Katie Did Next” – A
11. “Tomblands” – A
12. “The Saga” – B
13. “Read to Ruin” – A
14. “What Became of the Likely Lads” – A+

Comments: Our band could be your life. For a short period of time, this band was my life. Well, not quite, but I regarded them as my favorite of all time. “Can’t Stand Me Now” was quite the anthem for me, with just enough post-punk and garage pizazz. Sidenote: I’d love to see this band live and it just might be possible. At least a few credible sources have it that the ‘Tines will fully re-unite for the first time in six years in 2010. This record isn’t the band’s best because, principally, it lacks flow and direction. There are some real gems to be found, but a good chunk of these tunes aren’t really memorable. For Pete’s sake (pun intended), Grace/Wastelands kicks this album’s ass. Speaking of album closers and such, “What Became”  is among my favorites. It’s arguably the best song on here.

Final Grade: A- (90)