I very excitedly attended my first solo Carl Barât gig on Wednesday night at the Scala in Kings Cross. I thought I might pull the old blog out of it's sleepy summer slumber, just for this occasion. I have to say, I was blown away... and I don't think I was alone. I'm always unsure when Carl starts a new project how the collective masses and myself will feel about it... But his solo venture is pretty ace, as demonstrated by last night's performance.
The show saw Carl pull out a few Dirty Pretty Things songs, such as Bang Bang, Deadwood, and Truth Begins as well as old Libertines numbers, such as Man Who Would Be King, Up The Bracket, Death On The Stairs, Time For Heroes, and closed with a rousing rendition of Don't Look Back Into The Sun, which saw the show's first crowd surfers crop up onstage. More musical brilliance could be found in the songs from his new solo album. I've been waiting to hear The Magus and The Fall live since I got my grimy fingers on the album (which was not easy, considering the bloody box set I ordered STILL hasn't been delivered to myself or anyone else!!!). The Magus is something special, part circus, part pop, part punk, and so incredibly dancable. I couldn't stop videoing the show, as I am fully aware of scores of people who could not attend and all demanded footage of different songs. But it is quite difficult to dance and video, let me tell you. The Fall is different than most things Carl has done. The song is just the darkest of the dark, as he snarls the words into the mic and out towards the audience. SHIVERS.
The set was substantial, but left me quite sad at it's conclusion. Always wanting more!
VIDEOS (Geesus, I've never taken so many vids at once gig before!!!) (Scroll down for pics)She’s Something
Up The Bracket
Death Fires Come At Night (Still not totally clear on this song's title?)
Don’t Look Back Into The Sun