Carl Barat has given his biggest indication yet that a full Libertines reunion may not be on the cards after all this week. “It’s the end of a chapter for sure for me, tonight a curtain is falling on something,” the Libertines front man said after the first showing of ‘There Are No Innocent Bystanders’ at the East End Film Festival.
Despite this, he hasn’t completely written off any possibility of a future reunion. “Anything is possible again but for me it’s [the film] almost cathartic and I can now move on. If Pete wants to open a dialogue about things creative then so be it but right now I feel quite liberated.”
This will be of great disappointment to Libertines fans after a year of relentless speculation around a full reunion and even talk of a new album. However, as a Libertines fan myself I think Carl might be making the right decision by laying the band and their legacy to bed. Don’t get me wrong, I’d definitely try and get my hands on a ticket if they did reform for a tour but something tells me they should leave it once and for all.
Some of you may have read my reaction to the bands long anticipated return at Reading Festival last August. Despite the predictable 10/10 reviews from NME (to be honest the band could have walked onstage, simultaneously farted into cups, lobbed them into the crowd, wandered off and NME would have still called it ‘the defining of a generation’) and the overwhelming hysteria throughout the music press I was a little disappointed. After falling in love with the Libertines just after their split in 2004, I had eulogised and romanticised about them to such an extent there was almost no way my expectations would be fully met when they were right there in front of my eyes. After spending half of my teenage years watching videos of the band playing backs up against the wall to 100 people at the Rhythm Factory, there was something a little ‘unLibertine’ about churning out stadium versions of Horrorshow and Time For Heroes for me. Maybe it would have been different if they had done an extensive Academy tour but I couldn’t help but be underwhelmed by the whole thing.
The Libertines embodied everything that is brilliant about British rock ‘n’ roll. Their music was chaotic, intelligent and truly magical and the guerrilla gigs, break ins, break ups, make ups made for the best rock ‘n’ roll story of a generation. Part of me thinks that one last extensive tour of mid-sized venues could be the perfect send off however I am inclined to think they should lay it to bed once and for all and let their legacy inspire the next generation of teenagers in the same way they inspired mine.
What do you lot think?