REVIEW: Carl Barat @ Leadmill, Sheffield, April 8th 2011

by Lucy Howell 9. April 2011 18:23

Leadmill hosts Carl Barats last gig of his 8 date tour around the country,where he pulls out all the stops. The band line-up is a family affair with younger brother Ollie on guitar and Carl's partner and recent mother to his first-born, Edie Langley, on violin. As usual, Barat swaggers on stage, see's his drink off and goes straight in to The Magus with punchy chorus ' men can be animals, savages and cannibals', receiving mighty cheers from the packed-out crowd.

"Hello Sheffield, nice to be here", is met with a raucous reception. He introduces the next song as 'Run With The Boys', the first single from his self titled solo album released back in October. The bouncy and catchy track is the closest thing to Dirty Pretty Things (Barats previous band) on the record and goes down a treat with the crowd. I've seen Carl Barat a few times before and regardless of whether he endeavours to promote a solo album or move away from his past, you know and he knows people want to hear The Libertines classics.

Sure enough 'The Man Who Would Be King', from Libertines first album is up next and the venue errupts. Last week when Barat played at Koko, he dedicated this track to "friend" Peter Doherty. There are no talks of The Libertines reforming again any time soon after their triumphant Reading and Leeds shows although it's hard to believe there won't be anything in the future.

'Carve My Name' is up next. Followed by ' She's Something', a catchy love song with an upbeat tempo. Within the first two cords of the next song, the crowd goes crazy intantly recognising The Libertines 'Up The Bracket', with people surging forward and hands thrusting in the air to"'you see these two cold fingers, these crooked fingers". With only a seconds break from the frantic performance, Barat crashes into DPT's 'Deadwood' with everyone jumping and singing along to hook "A way, a way!"

Other highlights include 'Death on the Stairs', 'Bang Bang' which has everyone singing and jumping along fanatically; along with 'France', 'Time For Heroes' and 'Don't Look Back In To The Sun', the late two ending the exultant set.

9/10

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