DIRTY PRETTY THINGS
Dirty Pretty Things are Carl Barat, Anthony Rossomando,
Didz Hammond and Gary Powell.
Dirty Pretty Things are fronted by former member of
The Libertines, Carl Barât.
The formation of the band was announced in September 2005, after
The Libertines had split up in 2004 due to a
falling out between Barât and Pete Doherty. Barât
had done some work with Vertigo Records and had
previously revealed that his new project was with the label.
Didz Hammond announced he was leaving the
Cooper Temple Clause to join the band
alongside ex-Libertines drummer Gary Powell and
guitarist Anthony Rossomando, who had filled
in for Doherty following his departure from the Libertines. Dirty Pretty Things
played their first shows in October 2005 in Italy and
Dirty Pretty Things began recording their first
album in Los Angeles,
California, with high-profile producer
Dave Sardy (producer of the
Oasis album Don't Believe the Truth),
and in Glasgow, Scotland with
producer Tony Doogan. The first track of the band's to be released on the CD
format was "You Fucking Love It" which was made available on a free CD with the
April 1, 2006 issue of
NME entitled "NME and MTV2 present Best Newbands Showcase 2006".
The band's debut album, entitled
Waterloo to Anywhere, was released on
May 8, 2006 reaching #3 on the music
charts and receiving critical approval. The first single (and first official
band release) from the album, "Bang
Bang, You're Dead", was released on
April 24, 2006 and reached #5 in the singles chart in
its first week of sales. The second single was "Deadwood",
released on 10 July 2006 and got to
#20 in the singles chart.
They have toured extensively in
the UK during the first half of 2006. Their setlist has comprised most of the
songs from the debut album, along with a few Libertines songs (usually "Death on
the Stairs", "France", and "I Get Along"). They played their first American show
at the SXSW festival in Texas. They have been confirmed for
several festivals in the UK for the summer of 2006, including the
Isle of Wight Festival,
Wireless Festival, T
in the Park, and they played at the Irish festival Oxegen.
They also played support to the Red Hot Chili
Peppers at their concerts in Ipswich and
Coventry in July 2006. 'Wondering' was the third single
released from Waterloo to Anywhere and was released on
October 17, 2006.