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Dirty Pretty Things split up

Published: Wed October 01, 2008  News Feed

Car Barat's Dirty Pretty Things have split up. The band released an statement on NME.com today (1st. October)

Dirty Pretty Things...bang bang they're dead (R.I.P.)

Despite a promising debut album ("Waterloo To Nowhere") which charted at number 3 in the UK Charts and gave the band some Top 30 singles, Dirty Pretty Things always remained under the shadow of Barat's previous band, The Libertines.

Second album, "Romance At Short Notice" was released in 2008 but got a lukewarm response from the critics and public, only reaching number 35 in the charts. However, their gigs have always been well-received by the public and they played the main stage at the Leeds/ Reading Festival this year.

In the statement frontman Carl Barat said that the members of the band would be pursuing new musical projects, but that these would not involve The Libertines...much to the disappointment of those who thought that the recent Pete Doherty & Carl Barat reunion indicated they could reform. 

"It is with some sadness we announce the farewell of the Dirty Pretty Things," the statement to NME.COM read. "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 (not The Libertines).

"We are reluctant to give up touring but will give the last waltz everything. We have and are determined to go out as we came in, after which we all have other ventures to be getting on with and splendid future plans.

"Heartfelt thanks to all who made it what it was, much love and we'll see you on the road."

Read full story on NME.com

Dirty Pretty Things gear:

If you're a fan of the spikey punk-rock sound of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things, here's what Carl Barat has used: Vox AC-30 amp, Gibson Melody Maker, Fender Mustang and an MXR Dyna-Comp Compressor for boosting the solos. Bassist Didz used a Fender Jazz-Bass, Electro Harmonix Big Muff and Ashdown amps. Second guitarist Anthony Rossomondo (who also played in the final lineup of The Libertines) could be seen playing a Gibson ES-335, discontinued Epiphone Crestwood and, more recently, a white Fender Jazzmaster.

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