Full-power Babyshambles let you know they're here
It's their first tour since November 2010, but front man Pete Doherty, seemingly taking his cues from the infamous opening lines of LL Cool J's Mama Said Knock You Out, asserts that "Babyshambles aren't back, this band has always been here".
In a period that's been particularly fruitful with regards to reformations, reunions and rehashes, you can't blame Doherty for wanting to make it clear.
Although this autumn tour – featuring a show at the O2 Academy in Bristol next Wednesday – is the band's first in three years and the album Sequel To The Prequel their first in six, they have been a unit for a decade, and it takes just one listen to the album to get what he means.
From the opening track, Fireman, the band are going full throttle – jangly guitars, blasts of feedback, a driving punk beat propelling the thing. The sonic richness of the recordings certainly plays a huge part in the cohesiveness of the record, which sounds full even when Doherty is alone with his guitar.
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