Miles Kane, despite only being 32 years of age, is somewhat already a veteran in the music industry with close to 15 years in the game already. This was on display during his well-crafted veteran like performance at Sheffield’s Leadmill on Wednesday night where he looked like he was loving every second of being back performing.
The former Rascals guitarist has been on the receiving end of criticism in the past for not writing all of his own tunes by himself. With the majority of his first album being co-written by his Last Shadow Puppets team-mate Alex Turner and his latest single ‘Loaded’ saw him team-up with Lana Del Rey and Jamie T. Two things, however, that Kane can’t be slagged off for is his ridiculous guitar playing ability and being a showman, which are two great attributes to have if you want to create an excellent live experience.
For his first solo tour in years, Kane has been joined by a brand new band who, despite only being a week of shows, sounded tight as fuck and very much match fit already. They have been out and about on a lengthy tour of Britain testing material from his forthcoming third-solo album Coup De Grace in some of the sweatiest venues they can get their hands on like London’s Moth Club and legendary Leeds venue, the Brudenell Social Club.
The four unreleased tracks from the upcoming record that 32-year-old treated the Sheffield crowd to are all raw, punky, youthful anthems. ‘Too Little, Too Late’ was the stand out song from the bunch and will undoubtedly soon become a single for the Birkenhead boy.
The title track ‘Coup De Grace’ is taken from the former Little Flames man’s favourite wrestler Finn Balor’s finishing move, which highlights the degree Kane’s love of wrestling has influenced him along the way. The singer has evidently picking up traits from wrestlers here and there that have helped him turn into the showman that he is.
It’s still unknown when the album will be released but from the songs he performed, the new record will signify a shift in direction with Kane developing a more pissed-off, angry sound.
It’s been five years since he released his last solo effort Don’t Forget Who You Are, since then a lot has changed in the world of Miles Kane. He has been busy scoring a number one record with The Last Shadow Puppets, then taking it round the globe and has also been getting to grips with his new LA lifestyle.
Five years is a long time in music but Kane’s songs seem to have stood the test of time if Wednesday’s crowd are anything to go by. They recited every word to almost every single track, not just the singles, with ‘Counting Down the Days’ from his 2011 debut and ‘Better Than That’ taken from his last record both going down exceptionally in Sheffield.
The Last Shadow Puppet member however looks his most comfortable performing his biggest hits like set closer ‘Come Closer’ which he has honed the art of performing to a tee. The front-man’s energetic mannerisms are perfect at getting everyone inside the venue gassed and singing along with him with their arms aloft in the air for the entirety of the encore.
Kane feeds from the crowd’s abundance of energy who chanted ‘Miles’ at him throughout the gig and he looks like he’s loving every single second of returning to these smaller venues and back to being the centre of attention once more.
Miles Kane Tour Dates
Fri 1st Northampton, Roadmender
Sat 2nd Oxford, O2 Academy 1
Fri 22nd Cambridge, Cambridge Junction
Sat 23rd Newcastle, Riverside
Mon 25th Brighton, Concorde 2
Tues 26th Exeter, Lemon Grove, Exeter University
Thurs 28th Portsmouth, Pyramids
Fri 29th Cardiff, The Tramshed
Tues 3rd Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Wed 4th Liverpool, Hangar 34