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Miles Kane – Moth Club, Hackney – 28.05.18

Almost 5 years to the day since the release of his second solo album, Don’t Forget Who You Are, Miles Kane plays to a packed out ex-serviceman’s members club. It’s true that he’s probably used to bigger venues, and in the years since his last solo LP he hasn’t been sitting idle; as half of The Last Shadow Puppets he’s sold out Hackney Empire (just around the corner) as well as Alexandra Palace, and taken over main festival stages around the world. But while the band take another break, and fellow founder Alex Turner has fans divided over his Tranquility Base, the hordes that adore Miles – and chant his name at any given moment – are clearly thrilled not only to have him back, but also at the sound of album #3.

Entering the stage through the crowd (and a sea of Fred Perry tops), he kicks things off quickly with the recently released Loaded – a balance between his trademark mod-influenced swagger and a smoother side, no doubt brought to the table by co-writer Lana Del Ray, with hints of 60s psychedelia and a shimmering of 90s shoegaze. Coup De Grace aside – the title track to the upcoming LP – the new songs (Too Little Too Late, Cold Lights Of Day) showcase his more raucous edge, and are clearly the 3-minute rock ’n’ roll gems the fans have come to love, segueing in perfectly between the singles (Inhaler, Give Up) and the album tracks they know word-for-word (Kingcrawler, Counting Down The Days). Coup De Grace is something else – something to shake the hips to and shimmy a little, while still retaining the attitude that’s made Miles Kane one of few British rock ’n’ roll idols still at a new and exciting time in their career. Arguably, album 3 is generally where the music and the personality really come together, but based on the previews tonight, there’ll be few disappointed ears once his followers get to hear it in its entirety.

Following a summer of festivals, and the album release, there’s no doubt Miles Kane will be back, playing the bigger venues – a guest appearance here or there from Del Ray or Turner perhaps, and with less chance of him leaving through the masses – top off, slapping fans over the shoulder like old pals as he did at Moth Club. And there’s also no doubt he’ll keep it real; looking like, despite the huge success of The Last Shadow Puppets, he loves nothing more than being Miles Kane the modern rock ’n’ roll star. …No chance of him forgetting that.

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