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About Miles Kane

Miles Peter Kane is an English musician, best known as a solo artist and the co-frontman of the Last Shadow Puppets. He was also the former frontman of the Rascals, before the band announced their break-up in August 2009.


He is currently pursuing a solo career, and continues to be a part of the Last Shadow Puppets with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. His debut solo album, Colour of the Trap, was released on 9 May 2011 and the follow-up, Don't Forget Who You Are was released on 3 June 2013. His latest solo album, Coup De Grace, was released on 10 August 2018 via Virgin EMI.


Born in Birkenhead, Wirral, an only child, he was raised in nearby Meols. As a child, before learning the guitar, Kane played the saxophone. Kane's maternal cousins, James and Ian Skelly, two founding members of The Coral, also had a great influence on his music taste whilst growing up.


Aged 18, Kane joined The Little Flames as guitarist alongside Eva Petersen , Greg Mighall , Joe Edwards and Matt Gregory in December 2004. The band signed to Deltasonic and were compared to label mates the Coral and high-profile bands such as the Arctic Monkeys. They also went on to tour with bands like the Coral, the Zutons, the Dead 60s and the Arctic Monkeys. The band split in 2007 prior to releasing their debut album, which was eventually released in 2016.


Kane, on vocals and lead guitar, was joined by Greg Mighall on drums and Joe Edwards on bass guitar and occasional backing vocals. Kane took on the main songwriting duties for the band. The band, who have known each other from childhood, continued where the Little Flames left off; they signed with Deltasonic Records again, only with fewer members this time. They were adamant to keep their own distinct sound of 'awesome rockin beats' with a 'psychedelic quirk' and a 'compelling and unique dark underlying spirit'1.


The Rascals released their debut EP in December 2007, just 7 months after they got together. Entitled Out of Dreams it featured 4 tracks but did not achieve chart success. Yet they soon became tipped to be one of the bands of 2008, championed in particular by NME, following a well-received support slot on the Arctic Monkeys' 2007 tour. Their first album 'Rascalize' was released on 23 June 2008. The Rascals have a small role in the film Awaydays playing an Echo & the Bunnymen cover.


Whilst touring with the Arctic Monkeys, Kane and front man Alex Turner began to experiment musically together backstage, which resulted in the composition of new tracks, realizing there was a future in their songwriting partnership, and the Last Shadow Puppets were born. The duo decided to travel to the West Coast of France with producer James Ford where they recorded their debut album The Age of the Understatement in just two weeks. Their album went straight to number 1 in the UK Album Charts with the single of the same name reaching number 1 in the Indie Single Charts, and subsequent singles also reaching high spots. They first played together live in the UK, doing a secret set at Glastonbury with a special guest appearance from Jack White, to whom Kane lent his iPod so White could learn the solo. The band's album missed out on the Nationwide Mercury Music Prize, but won the Mojo Breakthrough Award. In December 2015 it was confirmed on the band's official Facebook and YouTube accounts, that the second album was due in spring 2016.


This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Miles Kane", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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