LIVE REVIEW: Miles Kane @ Boiler Shop, Newcastle (18.10.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Wirral sweetheart Miles Kane has had an intriguing journey for sure.  His path has taken many twists and turns, but the lovable charm he exudes as a person and artist is consistent.

Kane started out as the frontman for The Rascals.  It wasn’t until he formed The Last Shadow Puppets, with mutual muse Alex Turner, that he found his dramatic and cinematic groove.  You can add to his musical guises Dr Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band: the ultimate Beatles cover band where Sir Paul has even put in an appearance himself. 

Running throughout this quirky little tale is Kane’s love of being a frontman and producing his own mod-inspired indie sound.  A chance to see Miles perform at the lofty Boiler Shop in Newcastle was a no-brainer.

The award for best entrance to a gig goes to anyone coming down those stairs at Boiler Shop.  Kane emerged, with bleach-blonde hair and a superb silky shirt covered in stars, to a crowd full of adulation.  He launched into Coup De Grace, as we all did, singing along to the chorus with gusto.  This followed with more punchy songs that led to Kingcrawler; here we had Kane’s trademark non-lexical vocables.

Following this there were melodic, catchy numbers like Rearranged and his most recent single Blame It On the Summertime and the slower number of Killing the Joke to catch our breath.  Then, a surprise was in store: Kane welcomed onto the stage his support act of Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard.  They launched into their duet of LCD Soundsystem’s Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, a really nice touch.

We ended on Inhaler and the encore of the rousing Don’t Forget Who You Are with everyone leaving in uplifted mood.   Although I’m hoping and wishing for a Last Shadow Puppet tour, it’s such a fun night out seeing Miles Kane.  Seeing him in his element, full of pomp…a frontman.

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