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:: Miles Kane ::
07 March 2011 / Apollo / Manchester
By Ged Camera

Sheltered in the shadow of such media grabbing behemoths such as Oasis, Beady Eye or even the Arctic Monkeys, is an occasional glimpse of something that could possibly flourish.

So Miles Kane, ably supported by Eugene McGuinness (vocals/rhythm guitar), Jay Sharrock (drums), Ben Parsons (keyboards) & Phil Anderson ( bass guitar) have secured an opening spot for the Arctic gigs in Sheffield and are opening for the first 8 dates of the Beady Eye tour.

Kane has earned his gigging spurs by performing with the likes of Little Flames and the Rascals to understand that it’s best not to try to p**s off a 2,000+ crowd expecting a raucous evening of rock and roll by performing a set entirely unrelated to what they are about to witness from the main act. Add to the fact that venues such as the Manchester Apollo are not designed for intricate sounds or delicate nuances; they are designed for loud communication, with its institutional noise blanket distributed in a rough and ready fashion to every visible and unseen corner.

So the early part of the set is tailored towards the more orchestral elements of how the band would probably prefer their sound to come across, touching on elements of the Last Shadow Puppets project with Alex Turner; The latter end is focused on furious drum bashing and guitar attacks, supplemented with some rather rippling keyboards.

Kane also knows how to work the crowd with shouts of “Are you going to be madder than last night’s crowd?” - and he gets the desired reaction

So the presentation works on the crowd which, as the set goes on, focuses more on the band rather than the conversation with their mates

Set closer “Inhaler” is a frantic, no nonsense collision of sounds that has a large number of the assembled indie fans moving along in happy unison to the beat.

Unusually, the album is not available until April so the opportunity to gather some momentum seems to have gone by, but then again, they didn’t get bottled either...

Miles Kane
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