WORDS Melissa Louca-Klatsia


     As second frontman of The Libertines, Carl Barât was often overshadowed by continual tabloid exploitation of Pete Doherty. Barât's solo career and founding of Dirty Pretty Things then saw him revitalise with renewed energy, his own version of indie rock. Barât continues to evolve with The Jackals - a band recruited by open audition and with material produced by Joby J Ford (The Bronx, LA hardcore punk band). 

Covering much of the material on the band's debut album “Let It Reign”, the gig held at The Electric Ballroom for Camden Rocks, revisited selections of his early Libertines work and represented, a summons to action. References to his close relationship with Pete Doherty abounded in Barât’s lyrics. "Glory Days" the familiar story of an off the rail incarcerated friend, was overladen with panic-stricken guitar and provided an opportunity for a sing along whilst "The Gears" recalled the mood of "Last Gang in Town". Overall, The Jackals performance was urban seedy without disintegrating into chaos. 

Appearing sophisticatedly to the stage with Clash-like rumbles pumping-up the energy, the band also bent to hints of Carl’s theatricality. A diverse line-up of songs from their debut album was jumbled with Libertines classics, solo-tunes and hits by Dirty Pretty Things. Audience members calling for renditions of Libs favourites were not disappointed when the band obliged them with the brawling and scurried, “Death on the Stairs” and “I Get Along”.

The themes of the night were brotherhood and nobility and pub style “narc-rock” had been seemingly replaced by a more grounded grandeur on Carl’s terms – as present in the gothic sound of “March of the Idle”. The bombastically billowed, “Let it Reign” and “War of the Roses” brought us towards a climactic end of set and provided the show with a sprinkling of country gospel music largesse for good measure.


Set List

Victory Gin
A Storm Is Coming
Gin and Milk
Summer in the Trenches
We Want More
Death on the Stairs
March of the Idle
Beginning to See
Glory Days
The Ballad of Grimaldi
Let it Rain
Bang Bang You’re Dead
The Gears
War of the Roses
I Get Along