Video: The Libertines – “Up the Bracket” (live May 15, 2009)
The NME reports on the Libertines Reunion that took place this weekend in London’s Rhythm Factory:
Then after the closing notes of ‘Albion’ soaked into the walls, Adam and Mick headed off… Gary leaped behind the drum kit and Carl strode on, the crowd erupting into Beatle fan-like screeches as they clicked what was happening. No long intro, no over-sentimental love-in, the four-some (Drew playing bass) launched into ‘What A Waster’ with adrenalin-surging vigour.
I’ve never seen such on-stage chemistry since I last saw The Libertines play the Cardiff Barfly many, many moons ago. Sharing a microphone the pair attacked their guitars, fingers blurring, spittle crossing in the air as they traded lyrics.
‘Up The Bracket’, ‘What Katy Did’, ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, ‘Time For Heroes’, ‘Death On The Stairs’ – it was enough to reduce a Libs fan to mush.
The NME has the videos and a photo gallery. Exciting stuff. Let’s hope this is the kick in the ass these guys need to get them back together. Whatever you think of their solo efforts, the Libertines were definitely a case where the whole is far, far greater than the sum of its parts.