Carl Barat strolled onto the stage leather-jacket and DM-clad, eyes wide open. His presence seemed to wash over us mere beings in the crowd of the 100 Club (recently saved by a Converse sponsorship).
He began the set with ‘Je Regrette’ from his debut solo album, which he smashed with a fantastic band for support which included his brother, Ollie. Throughout the night, there seemed to be a similar spark between the two on stage which was reminiscent of Barat’s Libertine days; looks of genuine mutual admiration were present til the end.
The family affair continued when Barat’s girlfriend, Edie joined him onstage as a backing vocalist for ‘So Long, My Lover’.
Halfway through, after a fantastic rendition of ‘The Man Who Would Be King’, Carl answered the crowd’s chants and pleas for ‘What A Waster’ with an acoustic guitar and a massive grin.
He went on to perform the rest of his solo material and some Dirty Pretty Things tracks, including ‘Deadwood’ and ‘Bang Bang, You’re Dead’.
He’s still a captivating performer, even with his slower tracks, his stage presence is sort of mesmerising, although he looks a little odd without his guitar when he concentrated on vocals and Ollie took charge.
The show finished with a bang. The last song was ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ and the crowd reveled in the nostalgia, their feet barley touched the ground.
Overall, a cracking night, majorly assisted by the fantastic support act The Heartbreaks.