Miles Kane – Cosa Nostra, Sunderland

(taken from my other blog, sunderlandscene.wordpress.com, dedicated to all the news and live reviews from Sunderland’s music scene)

Having been moved around every venue in Sunderland, when the time finally came the venue was seemingly perfect. Small and intimate, just the setting for Miles’ brand of dirty 60’s tinged rock.

Whilst Miles had his signature sound, the support acts were completely different sounding the main event. Both were particularly testosterone filled, hoping to prove that British guitar music is not dead. as has been speculated recently. First up were Manchester’s Where’s Strutter, who appeared to be spearheading some form of “Madchester” revival, with lose bass lines and swirling guitars all over the place.This is never a bad thing, with The Stone Roses being one of my favourite bands, but that sound belongs to a time, where it is best left.

Next up were Liverpool’s Sound Of Guns, who were not to my personal liking. Seemingly subscribing to the idea that the harder and faster you play your guitar the better, which sadly in this case was not quite the truth. Sure it works for bands like Muse, but this just felt like a facade for the “lads”, effing and blinding in attempts to show how hard they were. As the set progressed they seemed to improve, especially as the crowd were getting more and more psyched for the headline set.

Opening with upcoming single Come Closer, the crowd were just as up for it as Miles from the off. With the typical laddish behaviour that you’d expect from a Scouser, you can tell that being on the stage comes naturally to Miles. Playing up to the crowds every demand, handing out plectrums and providing some rather amusing banter to keep the evening going. interjecting the set with a cover of Hey Bulldog by The Beatles really got the crowd excited, and ensured that Miles proved his desire to continue the Liverpool legacy.

Listening to some of his solo tracks for the first time, its clear to see that Miles has found his sound after all these years of trying. From indie-rock with The Little Flames through to psychedelic lad-rock with The Rascals and then onto the almost cinematic songs of The Last Shadow Puppets, it is here in his Sixties tinged, dirty and somewhat sexy guitar anthems that he nestles oh so well. Declaring one song as a romantic one and encouraging the couples to dance got a couple of cattercalls from the audience, but the band handled it well. Even better was Miles handled the call for Standing Next To Me by The Last Shadow Puppets, proving that after years attempting to crack it, he’s found the formula in going alone. Ending the set with his debut solo single Inhaler, its a 60’s tinged rock monster that left the crowd wanting more and ending on a high.

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