Miles Kane – NME Awards Show Hoxton Bar & Grill – 17/02/11 – Live review

Originally published: NME

With his earliest band alliances (The Little Flames/The Rascals) folding as fast they formed, Miles Kane has been better known in recent years for his affiliation with Alex Turner in The Last Shadow Puppets. So as he embarks on a solo career after six years in an industry that has graced his tenure with non-starters, struggles and shared stardom, the twenty four year old has something to prove – chiefly his name and credentials.

Not that Miles seems phased. He strides out onto the stage with rambunctious confidence and straight into the foot-stomping opener of ‘Come Closer’. Accompanied by a four-piece backing band, Kane has reverted back to his gritty garage rock days with tunes that kick with defiant fortitude. There are mellower moments: the soft, psychedelic pop tones of ‘Rearrange’ and ‘Take The Night Away From Me’ sculpt a radio-friendly racket around his Liverpudlian roots and influences. A cover of The Beatles’ ‘Hey Bulldog’, deft key changes in ‘My Fantasy’ and the hook-infested ‘Inhaler’ enshrine the pop demure of his forthcoming debut album ‘Colour Of The Trap’. It’s a tried and tested pop format that he plays with, but he’s willing to bend its structure with some seriously lysergic samples of his own.

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