The Last Shadow Puppets is the side project of Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and ex-Rascals singer Miles Kane. The duo formed in 2007, releasing their debut album “The Age of the Understatement” in 2008. Eight years later, the band released a follow-up effort entitled, “Everything You’ve Come to Expect” which saw them hitting the road including three nights in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, the first of which took place on Wednesday.
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The opening act was a UK quintet called Blossoms. They had some interesting tunes and put on a decent performance. Being a relatively new band, I think if they spend more time honing themselves as a live act they could mature into something really entertaining.
Soon after Blossoms left the stage the lights dimmed and the band came out ready to kick things off. The bands live entourage included a string section, Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford of Mini Mansions and drummer Loren Humphrey who all came onstage before Miles Kane appeared playing the opening riff of “Used To Be My Girl” moments before Alex Turner emerged to raucous applause. The group wasted very little time getting down to business, launching into a barrage of tunes from both albums.
Throughout the set, Turner switched between playing acoustic or electric guitar (usually strumming away when Kane was taking on lead vocals), seeming just as comfortable if not more so without his guitar. As he prowled charismatically around the stage he had the audience in the palm of his hand. It would unfair bto fail to acknowledge Kane’s showmanship, he bounced around the stage hammering away at his guitar, never missing a note. I think it’d be fair to say that at certain points he stole the show, his adrenaline-filled performance being much more entertaining than Turners rock star moves.
Playing the majority of their newest release and a good chunk of their debut the highlights of the set included “The Age of the Understatement”, “Bad Habits”, “Everything You’ve Come To Expect” and a cover of The Beatles “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”.
At the end of their three song encore, the band closed with one of their biggest hits, “Standing Next To Me” before quickly exiting the stage. For fans of Arctic Monkeys or Miles Kane, it’s great to see them doing something a bit different, especially in such an intimate space. These guys are definitely worth catching while they’re on the road, who knows when they’ll be back again.