The Libertines, for those who don't know yet, make music, art, poetry, love, war and airfix models. Primarily, though, they're known for their music - which is brilliant. They're a beautiful and wildly compressed version of all the
great British groups of all time (ie The Clash, The Jam, The Smiths, The Yardbirds, The Kinks, The Small Faces and Chas & Dave). Just recently, they completed their debut album 'Up The Bracket' (recorded live at RAK studios with Mick Jones, formerly of The Clash). As debut albums go, it's total genius. And that's underselling it. It's the ringing crash of breaking hearts and tender arguments. It's short, sharp and flecked with blood. And, in global terms, everyone will own a copy by the year 2026. Yep, it gets the trusty smoke recommendation too.