Up The Bracket arrived like a raging bull in a tired post-Britpop china shop and introduced the world to The Libertines, a new gang of London bohemians, whose ragged tunes, red military tunics, opiated poetry and ‘live now pay never’ lifestyle came to define the millennial angst of the early noughties. At the heart of the band is the blood bond bromance between the ramshackle Music Hall Jagger/Richards, Peter Doherty and Carl Barat, ably assisted by the rock-solid rhythm twins John Hassall and Gary Powell.
Any bookie worth his salt would have given you short odds on this quartet surviving more than a month or two, given the teetering on the brink lifestyle they chose to lead, but here we are two decades later and our Byronic heroes, though older and wiser, are still fighting the good fight and making music every bit as vital as their astonishing debut. The belief, talent and fervour that Doherty spoke of in their earliest manifesto has stood them in good stead.
Up The Bracket, justly considered one of the greatest albums of the noughties, was originally released in October 2002 by Rough Trade Records. The album, a heady stew of indie rock, skiffle, blues, dub and English bucolic pop, was a huge shot in the arm to a largely redundant music scene and helped to inspire the rebirth of guitar music, going on to influence countless artists who followed in its wake.
Up The Bracket, which was produced by Mick Jones of The Clash, takes you on a wondrously poetic journey into the band’s mythical world and their fevered dreams of Albion, a land of squalid glamour, liberty, equality, fraternity, gin palaces and chip shops. Quite simply Pete, Carl, Gary and John created a hugely compelling timeless British rock’n’roll classic debut as relevant now as it was upon its release.
The Libertines commence celebrations for the 20th anniversary of their era-defining debut album Up The Bracket with four headline shows next year in Manchester, Hatfield, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Tickets go on-sale at 9:00 am on Friday 3rd December, the dates and ticket links are:
The Libertines, in collaboration with their original label, Rough Trade Records, will shortly be unveiling a series of all bells and whistles, no stone unturned, vault-pillaging releases to mark Up The Bracket’s momentous birthday. The band and label are inviting fans to sign up now to be the first to receive news of next year’s releases the moment they are announced: https://www.thelibertines.com/
The Libertines are currently on a sold-out tour of the UK culminating in five nights at the O2 Kentish Town Forum in London.