BREAKING NEWS: The Libertines, are they back?
Words by Scenewave Oz - Published on October 25, 2009
After almost half a decade of years of creative abstinence (notwithstanding a few spontaneous live reunions and a cover of ‘A day in the Life’ to signify the 40th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Peppers, in which the two forementioned frontmen apparently did not even meet) Pete Doherty and Carl Barât have reportedly signed a new management deal under The Libertines.
Formed in London in 1997, The Libertines led the garage rock revival in the UK and gained critical acclaim on the back of the songwriting partnership of Doherty and Barât.
Despite the success of their first LP entitled ‘Up the Bracket’, the hype surrounding the pair began to take its toll, and their relationship openly deteriorated in the midst of a fierce rivalry and Doherty’s much publicised drug use. The breakdown culminated with the release of their second album ‘The Libertines’ which was clearly inspired by the conflict between the frontmen.
So what became of the likely lads? Well since the break-up in 2004, Doherty and Barât have kept NME busy under The Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things respectively. Both projects have seen varying critical and mainstream success, so even as a massive fan it’s probably too early to pull out the piñata in the fear of yet another cheap cry for attention.
Nevetheless, the thought of new Libertines material is probably the best news I’ve heard all day. If you’re not sure what I mean check out The Libertines performance of Boys in the Band on the Jools Holland show in 2002 and Can’t Stand Me Now on the Jonathan Ross show in 2004.