Carl Barat & The Jackals
The 100 Club, London
21st Nov 2014
Indie heroics and Libertines-esque chaos was the order of the day last Friday as Carl Barat hit Central London’s 100 Club with his new band ‘The Jackals’.
The gig comes after an exciting time for Barat, following the announcement earlier this year that The Libertines would be reforming following their split in 2007 and a short reunion in 2010. The band triumphed in the summer at Hyde Park’s British Summer Time and later a concert at North London’s Ally Pally, the group also revealed that they’d be working on new material around this time.
Support came in the form of sixties inspired, psychedelic and prog duo, SLVRFURS and the grungey/garage rock delights of Demob Happy. Both talented bands, received well by the audience and adding a bit of contrast to the headline act.
The sell out show was the last stop on a nationwide tour of smaller club venues and provided the perfect setting for the onslaught of teenagers and twenty-somethings pledging their allegiance to the ex Dirty Pretty Thing.
A wide-eyed, leather clad Barat took to the stage with his band, just gone half past ten, to screams, shouts and applause with the foursome barely making it twenty seconds into their set before hormones and emotions ran high for the likely lads in the mosh pit.
Musically Barat’s latest solo project is a miss mash of enjoyable, unashamed and chorus heavy indie rock n roll with nods to punk and ska which can be heard on ‘Glory Days’ the first single from his debut, ‘Let It Reign’.
The Jackals battled through most of their album’s track list, which was sang back at them word for word by the audience, despite the songs being brand new. The biggest reactions came as you’d expect from Barat’s earlier band’s numbers with ‘Bang Bang, Your Dead’ and ‘Gin & Milk’ but also a fair bit of Libertines material.
He may be half way across the world but Pete Doherty was their in spirit on Oxford Street. The crowd screamed, applauded and cheered the Barat’s homage to his bandmate who is reportedly clean after a long battle with Heroin: “This is for Pete, my boy, he’s at rehab in Thailand!”
Come eleven the Indie party was well and truly in it’s full chaotic swing as the band’s roadies battled with half a dozen, supercharged teens, crowd surfing and trying to get on stage, following ‘Death On The Stairs’ from 2002’s Up The Bracket, has it really been twelve years?
The night simmered slightly with the rocker swapping electric for acoustic and playing a few solo numbers including Doherty’s ‘Ballad Of Grimaldi’ in a show of solidarity for his recovering friend.
And with that The Jackals returned to the stage for much of the same before leaving again this time with their singer before coming back to blast through a brilliant encore of ‘I Get Along’, moving even the most still and stubborn punters, before disappearing from the stage to chants of “Albion, Albion, Albion!”
A night of Indie romantics and a welcome return to form for Barat who praised the London crowd: “You’ve been the best so far, you beat Glasgow!”
All words by Theo Watt. This is Theo’s first piece for Louder Than War but more of his writing can be found at his blog here: theoaaronwatt.wordpress.com. Theo can also be found on twitter as @theowatt1.