11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The premature nova that shattered London's expectation-doomed Libertines in their prime may have been a blessing in catastrophe drag. Despite a penchant for press-baiting, chemically induced career and personal immolation, ex-Libs frontman Pete Doherty and new band Babyshambles delivered the arty, brilliant Down In Albion while guitarist Carl Barat's new outfit largely gets back to basics here, arguably picking up his former band's charged, punk-pop gauntlet in the bargain. Barat bristles with contempt on "Bang Bang You're Dead," a poison-pen note aimed straight at former bandmate Doherty that comes complete with a snarky intro redolent of a New Orleans-style jazz funeral. DPT showcases similar trash-thrash charm on "Gin and Milk" and "You F*****g Love It," while "If You Love a Woman" distills decades of garage-punk angst into three minutes of glory. But Barat and DPT are about more than energetic spasms: the moody dancehall vibe of "The Gentry Cove" recalls similar Doherty fixations on Albion, while the schizoid scorcher "The Enemy" and blistering broadside "Doctors and Dealers" wrestle with demons real or imagined.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The premature nova that shattered London's expectation-doomed Libertines in their prime may have been a blessing in catastrophe drag. Despite a penchant for press-baiting, chemically induced career and personal immolation, ex-Libs frontman Pete Doherty and new band Babyshambles delivered the arty, brilliant Down In Albion while guitarist Carl Barat's new outfit largely gets back to basics here, arguably picking up his former band's charged, punk-pop gauntlet in the bargain. Barat bristles with contempt on "Bang Bang You're Dead," a poison-pen note aimed straight at former bandmate Doherty that comes complete with a snarky intro redolent of a New Orleans-style jazz funeral. DPT showcases similar trash-thrash charm on "Gin and Milk" and "You F*****g Love It," while "If You Love a Woman" distills decades of garage-punk angst into three minutes of glory. But Barat and DPT are about more than energetic spasms: the moody dancehall vibe of "The Gentry Cove" recalls similar Doherty fixations on Albion, while the schizoid scorcher "The Enemy" and blistering broadside "Doctors and Dealers" wrestle with demons real or imagined.

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About Dirty Pretty Things

After the Libertines broke up in fall 2004, singer/songwriter and guitarist Carl Barat began work on his next musical project. Signing to the U.K. label Vertigo almost immediately after the band dissolved, Barat worked on songs on his own and eventually recruited his former bandmate Gary Powell as the drummer for his new group. He also brought in Anthony Rossomando -- who had been Pete Doherty's replacement in the Libertines when Doherty was arrested in summer 2004 -- as second guitarist. Bassist Didz Hammond left the Cooper Temple Clause to join Barat's project, which was christened Dirty Pretty Things after Barat's club night (which was later renamed Bright Young Things).

By fall 2005, Dirty Pretty Things' lineup was complete, and the band played its first gigs in Paris, France (where the Libertines also played their farewell show) and in Italy, crafting a sound that felt like a leaner, tighter version of the Libertines' freewheeling mod-punk. The band entered the studio that winter, collaborating with Dave Sardy in Los Angeles and with Tony Doogan in Glasgow. Dirty Pretty Things came on strong in spring 2006, releasing their first track, "You Fucking Love It," as a free CD packaged with NME magazine and appearing at the South by Southwest festival. Their first official single, Bang Bang You're Dead, arrived a couple of weeks ahead of their debut album, Waterloo to Anywhere, which reached number three on the U.K. album charts.

Dirty Pretty Things kept up their prodigious touring schedule throughout that summer and released Waterloo to Anywhere in the U.S. in August 2006; Romance at Short Notice followed two years later. In December 2008 the band played its final gig. In 2009 Barat and Powell reunited with Pete Doherty at a tribute show for promoter Johnny Sedassy at the London Rhythm Factory, and a year later, the full band reunited for gigs at the Leeds and Reading festivals. Barat released his self-titled solo debut in October 2010. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • FORMED
    2004

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