The Libertines are an east London band who crashed onto the scene back in 1997. Consisting of frontmen Carl Barât (vocals/guitar) and Pete Doherty (vocals/guitar), the rest of the band includes John Hassall (bass) and Gary Powell. The Libertines also briefly included Razorlight’ guitarist and singer, Johnny Borrell, as bassist (although he was dismissed from the band for improper behavior).
In the early days, Barât and Doherty came together to write the initial music and the band were signed to Rough Trade records in October 2011.
With productions from the likes of Bernard Butler (Suede) and Mick Jones (The Clash) that produced their first album, Up the Bracket (2002), The Libertines notoriety grew and resulted in them winning the NME Best New Band that year.
In 2003, the band went through a difficult stage, with Doherty’s erratic and controversial behaviour causing him to be out of the band for a brief stint, returning in October 2003, re-uniting briefly, but it was not to last long and The Libertines disbanded in 2004.
After much deliberation, the band re-united in 2010 with big comeback gigs at both Leeds and Reading Festival.