French rockers join British hero Carl Barat for gig

Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:32am EDT
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By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS (Reuters) - As teenagers French rockers The Tatianas were so inspired by British act The Libertines, they formed a band and went looking for gigs.

So it was only natural that six years later the gallic trio would open for their hero, former Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things frontman Carl Barat, at new Parisian venue Le Trianon.

"It's a great honor to be opening for Carl" The Tatianas lead singer and guitarist Pierre Hesling, 22, told Reuters.

Barat, 32, who released a self-titled debut solo album last October, was wrapping up in Paris a two-month tour.

The singer and guitarist, who reunited with his former Libertines bandmates for two triumphant gigs at the Leeds and Reading festivals last August, recently quashed rumors he would again join forces with Pete Doherty this Summer.

He told Reuters there was no plan at this stage for a third Libertines album and was already planning a second solo album.

The Tatianas, who sing in English and also cite The Clash and The Pogues as key influences, have built a reputation at home for electric live performances, well-crafted songs and the rare ability to wow a crowd.

The band, which also includes bassplayer Timothee Imhaus, 25, and drummer Lois David, 24, released a debut album "Verses & Verve or the Lost Causes" in 2010 and a 5-track EP "The Brilliant Rubbish" last January.   Continued...