Glasvegas and Carl Barat (Libertines) @ The Troubadour, 1/14
Photo by the talented Leslie Kalohi for the LAist
If you were standing outside the Troubadour last Wednesday night, your ears would have been awash in accents from all over the British isles. Scots, English, Welsh, and even the odd Irish lilt filled the air to the point at which if you closed your eyes, your ears no longer believed your brain's messages that you were in fact in West Hollywood.
The catalyst to this foreign invasion of the Troubadour is of course, Glasvegas, who have been scoring hits for a year now on the other side of the pond. They have yet to break in America, but the wave of hype has followed them like a tidal wave ready to flood the US with their fuzzed out, mournful Scottish rock.
The opener, Carl Barat was another huge draw for the Brits. As a founding member and lead front man of the much loved (Can we say adored? I think so.) band The Libertines, Carl Barat is a huge star in his own right. When the Libertines fell apart mostly due to Carl Barat and Pete Doherty's squabbling, which stemmed from one would guess a number of things that probably included Doherty's illicit drug problems and model addiction, Barat formed a new band, Dirty Pretty Things, which had a few modest hits and was disbanded in October.