Carl Barat and The Jackals tear down Ku Bar, Stockton
Following mini UK tour, Carl Barat and The Jackals added a few additional dates, and Ku Bar – an incredible, purpose built intimate music venue that is starting the get the recognition it deserves.
Their first show on the tour (Think Tank Newcastle), saw The Jackals deliver a show stopping performance, and their time on the road has only strengthened them. Their fresh faces suggest that life isn’t quite as decedent as it was during Carl’s Glory Days; their playing is sharper than it was two months ago, and their on stage chemistry is unavoidably infectious.
Two months on from the release of their latest EP Harder They Fall, and fans are up to speed. Sister, Doctor Doctor and Burning Cars all garnered a brilliant response from a hot and sweaty Teeside crowd, as Billy Tessio and Carl split vocal duties.
While the new tracks went down well, it was their debut album, 2015’s Let It Reign that the crowd really lapped up. From their opener Victory Gin, the triumphant Glory Days to the ballad-esque Let It Reign, Carl Barat and The Jackals had last night’s small crowd screaming back every word.
As the set rolled on Carl give the crowd a taster of the good old days, with Bang Bang Your Dead leading to levels of ecstasy. The Dirty Pretty Things’ favourite bounced off the walls as the roof shook, and the crowd screamed back the words all the while maintaining perpetual pogo antics.
After closing the set with War of the Roses, Jay Bone re-emerged for a mini drum solo before the the boys joined him and they launched into Death on the Stairs, causing mass hysteria, with The Libertines’ anthem.
Next up was the rousing Gin and Milk, as the crowd jumped and screamed back ‘No one gives a fuck about the values I would die for, Not the faceless civil servants, The rudimentary crack whore….’
The heart pounding chaos was then expertly controlled with The Jackal’s brilliant A Storm Is Coming, a track that is quickly becoming a favourite amongst Carl Barat fans. This slower number saw Jay’s brilliant, evolved punk style drumming come to life, displaying just what a talented bunch this Facebook formed four piece really are.
Finally, tying off an incredible set Carl launched into the iconic I Get Along, sending Ku Bar into melt down, providing the Stockton crowd the second Libertines’ fix they craved. With noise levels hitting the roof, Carl battled the audience to be heard, with the loudest point undoubtedly coming from one of his best ever lyrics – ‘I get along singing my song, People tell me I’m wrong.. Fuck ’em!’
Northumbria University Journalism graduate, rock and roll enthusiast and co-editor of RUSHONROCK.com.