Seth Surmises – Waterloo to Anywhere

Preconceived notions: Well, since I picked the album and did a lot of drinking with the guitarist, I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for. (What’s the statue of limitations on Contributing to the Delinquency anyway?) The first time I listen to it, I was expecting Libertine-esque London indie-pop, and that’s what I got. I haven’t listened straight through the album in a while, so I was curious how it would blah blah etc…After listening: Still fcking love it.

Fav tracks: Bang Bang, You’re Dead; Last of the Small Town Playboys, Doctors and Dealers. All the rest of ‘em.
Least fav: If I need to pick a song, I’ll go with If You Love a Woman, but I still kinda like that one too.

Overall: The Libertines were one of my favorite bands while they lasted. My first impression was the Kinks and the Jam in a streetfight over the last amphetamine in London. Waterloo to Anywhere came out after many had given up on Libertine’s front man Carl Barat. After the Pete Doherty soap-opera and the disappointment of The Libertines break up, the inconsistent release from Doherty’s solo band Babyshambles, DPT gave me hope for 21st century Britpop. The poppy music paired with the very angry lyrics are an aural salty/sweet slice of chocolate-covered bacon. After one more album and a few single, the members moved on to other projects (Carl & Ant worked on the documentary film “The Rime of the Modern Mariner” playing this year at SXSW). I am a fan of the English indie seen, but with UK bands like The Fratellis in on every other rom-com and kiddie flick soundtrack in the USA for the last four years, DPT retains a distinctly British appeal, even with a dude from Hamden playing lead guitar.

Rating: a very partisan 5 out of 5

Extra Credit: The New Fellas, by The Cribs

Seth (40 Posts)

Seth (in a nutshell) is an aging punk rocker and five year resident of Cubistan, taking the office job after many years in music & fashion retail. He is a lifelong New England resident, with the exception of a year spent in Orlando Florida, the armpit of the universe. He is a skeptical cynic with a hairtrigger bullshit detector. Seth lives in Brass City, Connecticut with his wife, Vicki; his cat, Norwegian Black Metal; and his wife’s cat, who’s name he forgets.

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