Libertines: Oh, We Do Love To Be Beside The Sea Side………

The Libertines

By Desh Kapur, Rock At Night Manchester Correspondent

THE LIBERTINESTrampolene – Magic Mod – Bright Young People

The Libertines

Anyone who has read my previous reviews of The Libertines will know my love for this band, there tight messiness, the way Carl and Pete bounce of each other musically and vocally, the very British- ness of the band,

So after the gig being moved from Blackpool and a larger venue to Parr Hall in Warrington a somewhat smaller venue, it was off to see The Libertines on there Tiddly Om Pom Pom Tour of seaside venues, not so near the seaside for this show though for the reasons mentioned above.

The first band on was Bright Young People,  a three piece Indie Rock outfit from the North Wales town of Rhyl, a band signed to Libertines drummer Gary Powell’s record label, 25 Hour Convenience Store and had there first single produced and played on by Ian McCulloch of Echo and The Bunnymen fame.

After watching their relatively short and guitar rock inspired set I understand why, comparisons will be drawn to bands such as The Stooges, Nirvana, Black Rebel Motorcycle Gang and the Velvet Underground– and yes, they are in there, but they make there own sound from these influences and a sound that is distinctively there’s. If you get the chance to check these guys out you should.

And next up was the most unusual bit of the night and to be honest not really m cup of tea on strode The Magic Mod, as magic is not my thing, I will let you check him out yourself and draw your own conclusions,


Then on strolled Trampolene, lead singer Jack Jones resplendent in what can only described as a wooly hoody jacket with the hood up, and they launched into a tirade of music and spoken word, it did feel a little like this band were the bastard son of John Cooper Clarke and The Libertines, visually exciting to watch and lyrically clever, tight as fuck and so very exciting, pure rock and roll, I cant wait to see this band a small packed venue with condensation running down the walls,

Then to the overtures of “I do like to be beside the seaside” on walked The Libertines and Parr Hall erupted, then for the next to hours it stayed that way, they playing tracks old and new each song lapped up by the adoring onlooking crowd, singing along, no one standing still, Carl and Peter displaying a closeness and love for each which was a beautiful thing, The Libertines are right on there game right now, a band who’s music has stood the test of time, 20 years to be exact,

The lads played a mesmerizing two hour set and finished of with and encore that ended with a cover of The Stone Roses “I Wanna Be Adored”

And that was that, again I walked away waxing lyrical about how good The Libertines are, again I spent the next few days telling everyone that if they haven’t seen them they should, again I shout from the top of my lungs “LONG LIVE THE LIBERTINES”.

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