WHEN DIRTY Pretty Things take to the stage of the Róisín Dubh on Friday November 7 at 8pm for the first time, it will be the last occasion they take to the stage, anywhere.
The English rock-punk-beat band led by former Libertine Carl Barât, will play their last show in Galway before calling it a day. The band announced their shock split earlier this month.
Speaking to the NME, Barât said: “It is with some sadness we announce the farewell of the Dirty Pretty Things. It’s been a glorious three years which we all would gladly live out again, but it is time for us to try new things...we all have other ventures to be getting on with and splendid future plans.”
When the Libertines imploded in 2005, the band’s co-singer and songwriter Barât decided that it was time to pick up the pieces and move on. With former bandmates Gary Powell (drums ) and Anthony Rossomando (guitar ), Barât founded Dirty Pretty Things, taking the name from a DJ night he did, which itself came from the title of a Stephen Frears film.
The band released their debut album, the excellent Waterloo To Anywhere in 2006. In it, Carl dealt with the break-up of the Libertines but showed he was willing to let the past stay there. The album crackled with his signature Kinks meets Clash songs, revelling in a peculiar kind of English identity.
In August the band released their second album, Romance At Short Notice. The album met with fair reviews, but many felt that the best was still to come from such a lyrical, intelligent songwriter as Barât.
On November 7 we may hear the last of Dirty Pretty Things, but surely not the last of Carl Barât.
Tickets are available from the Róisín Dubh, Zhivago, and Redlight Records.