Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hyperactive Likely Lads on Best Misbehaviour; POP

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hyperactive Likely Lads on Best Misbehaviour; POP

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Byline: DAVID SMYTH

The Libertines, Shepherds Bush Empire

MOST support bands are pretty easy to ignore. Not local four-piece The Libertines, however, who got right up the noses of a crowd waiting patiently to see Supergrass last night. Chatting to friends and expectantly humming the tune to Alright was impossible as the warmup act ripped through a half-hour set of snotty, hyperactive punk.

While earlier gigs in their brief career suggested they barely knew which side of a guitar to strum, they played with some competence this evening, although small matters such as enunciation went by the wayside.

Championed by the music press as the most exciting new rock band in Britain today, it's clear that the excitement stems less from their derivative music than their mouthy interviews and general air of unhinged abandon.

All the visual qualities of the classic rock 'n' roll band are present - a mute, stationary bassist in John Hassall, a shirtless drummer in Gary Powell, while in dual frontmen Carl Barat and Pete Doherty, we have singers with the deranged look of men who haven't yet decided whether they'll make it to the end of the week. …

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