LIVE: The Last Shadow Puppets – City Hall, Sheffield
It was always going to be a triumphant affair when Sheffield’s prodigal son (and his mate) returned to the City to play live for the first time in nearly three years.
Kicking off with new album opener ‘Aviation’, the sell-out Steel City crowd were straight up out of their seats, as the track was teased by their band and what can only be described as a gorgeous string quartet, before AT and MK took to the stage to a truly unruly reception.
Kane dons the acoustic guitar, to deliver the dusty rolling riff, while Turner sweeps back his hair and clears his throat to kick things off with his signature croon.
Next up, it’s first album opener and epic heavy hitter, ‘Age of the Understatement’ and a trip down memory lane for TLSP fans, to a time when this pair of shaggy haired 21-year-olds – first made us realise how far they could push those proverbial boundaries of ‘indie pop n roll’.
It’s almost as if TLSP allow Turner to escape the shackles of the Artics (who are now five albums deep and on their way to super stardom) – and explore territories unknown, with Kane helping to steer the ship.
This arguably more unperturbed ethos can be heard in particular throughout the hugely atmospheric and cinematic ‘Dracula Teeth’ – which could quite easily be the opener for the next Bond film.
While this charismatic pair had this crowd in the palm of their hands, they wasted little time with idle chat, stopping only on the odd occasion to thank Sheffield for turning out or to massage each other’s bombastic egos.
It must be said though, that Miles Kane may not be getting all the credit he deserves, many recently have inferred that he may indeed have had a lucky break since the demise of his previous projects and that he’s been hanging off Alex Turner’s coat tails since the inception of their little partnership – here though we definitely witnessed him pulling his weight.
Despite just two albums under their belt, the pair managed an 80+ minute set, which pretty much covered off their entire repertoire- with room at the end for a rather superb and very cool cover of ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’.
As a snake-hipped AT meandered his way through captivating and visually mesmerising set, with Kane in tow, other highlights include the soulful and slightly more understated ‘The Element of the Surprise’ which sees Turner and Kane team up for some silky harmonies layered on top of poignant strings.
Less impressive unfortunately was the Kane led ‘Bad Habits’, despite picking this number to announce their return, it still feels alienated from the shrewd and adroit tone of the rest of the album.
‘You Used to Be My Girl’ perhaps the most diverse of their sound, but non the less an impressively executed addition to this set.
It’s unclear whether Tuner and Kane are in this for their love of music or simply their love of each other(!), that being said though these overly affection bros have ticked all the boxes for a second time. We might have to wait another ten years for their next outing, but let’s see what happens.