Star Interview: Miles Kane

Miles Kane.
Miles Kane.

“Playing live and performing is my favourite thing, and it really is what I live for.”

The words of Miles Kane, one-time Rascal and Last Shadow Puppet, who in the week of the release of his second solo album, Don’t Forget Who You Are, is only thinking about getting up on stage and doing what he does best.

The effervescent Liverpudlian brings his live show to Northampton on Monday night when he rocks up at the Roadmender, the penultimate show in a whistle-stop UK tour.

And he is promising anybody who comes along, they are in for a raucous night.

“All these gigs on this tour are at small venues and I am excited by that,” said Kane. “It is going to be up close, and I like that.

“I am looking forward to it and I want that excitement. The new record is coming out, everybody is going to be buzzing, we will play some new tracks and it will be sweaty.

“It is going to be full-on, and there will be a lot of sing-a-long bits. Usually we throw in a cover or two as well, and a few surprises.”

Kane is on the cusp of being the next big thing in the music world.

His new album, out on Monday, has been produced by former Lightning Seeds frontman and fellow Scouser Ian Brodie.

It features two tracks co-written by Paul Weller, others co-written with XTC frontman Andy Partridge and has received plenty of good press.

Singles Give Up and the LP title track are storming tracks, and Kane was last week the cover star of music bible NME.

This really could be his time, but you get the feeling that, no matter what happens, the 27-year-old will always be happy if he can just get up on stage and play.

“Even when I was in the Little Flames (Kane’s first group) and I was the guitarist, I wanted to be the singer. I was like a little brat,” said Kane.

“I wanted the attention. I would always be rocking out, and playing live and performing is my favourite thing, and it really is what I live for. I love writing and it’s great being in the studio, but for me it is definitely performing that it’s all about.”

That said, there is no doubting Kane is a man with ambition,and he adds: “We are still growing, and it is a long old journey.

“I love where we are at now, but I can see the next step on the ladder, and I want to take it.”

Kane has tasted the musical high life before, enjoying a number one album as one half of The Last Shadow Puppets with his friend Alex Turner, the frontman of the Arctic Monkeys.

Kane, who also fronted The Rascals, followed LSP with his first solo album, The Colour Of The Trap, which was a slow-burner of a success, winning him many new fans along the way.

He is now hoping Don’t Forget Who You Are will be an instant hit - ‘I would love it to go to number one, or at least go top five’ - and can’t wait for the reaction following its release on Monday.

“I am very excited,” admitted Kane. “We finished touring at the end of September last year, and I just wanted to get back in the studio and get it done.

“I hadn’t really stopped writing since the first album really, and come September I had about 30 songs across two CDs of demos.

“One of the last things to be written was Don’t Forget Who You Are, which could turn out to be the strongest track, or is definitely one of them. So giving things that final little push sometimes can really work

“I am always writing, even now. I was with Ian Broudie the other week and me and him made a little demo of a new song, and it is always good to have something in your back pocket.

“It is just part of you.

“Sometimes you try and do it an nothing comes out, but you keep on it so when the time comes and you need to new tunes, there is not this panic.”

Kane has cited T-Rex and 70s glam-rockers Sweet as influences for the sound of the new album, but Kane’s strength is in his music’s melodies and tunes.

“Give Up is pretty in your face isn’t it? Whereas Don’t Forget Who You Are has more of a T-Rex and moddy vibe, and the album is definitely all in that vain,” said Kane.

“John Lennon is a massive hero of mine, but on the new record it was definitely about the sound of Marc Bolan and T-Rex.

“There are a couple of slow moments, which are almost like a Verve Drugs Don’t Work thing, but with a beat.

“But the rest are all just full-on and bangers really.”

“The sound is a progression for me (from first album Colour Of The Trap), and that is the way it will always go for me hopefully.”

Kane is delighted to be working with Broudie, somebody he has known for a while, but never worked with before.

“We have known each other for a few years,” revealed Kane.

“Me and him have a great bond going on at the minute and I love working with him. It’s been great.”

The album has also given Kane the chance to work with former Jam and Style Council frontman Weller, a man Kane calls ‘an inspiration.

“We did a few sessions together, we wrote some songs, and he is a lovely guy and a friend now,” said Kane.

“Two of the tracks ended up on the album.

“I have made a connection with Paul. He is inspiring, and a very warm-hearted guy.”

If this is to Kane’s time to ‘go big’, it certainly won’t be an overnight success.

Kane is somebody who has had to do the hard yards, and in many ways has taken the ‘old school’ route to music success.

The route of getting yourself up and down the country, playing live in town after town, getting your music heard the old fashioned way.

“Before the last record came out, I was right back down to playing gigs in front of 80 people,” admitted Kane.

“But over two and a half years we have built it up to this great level we are at now.

“It feels really solid now, and it’s why I can’t wait to get back out there and playing live.

“I know people do get instant fame, and I know it has been in different bands and that, but for me it has been years now.

“I think everything I have done previous to this, the highs and the lows, that has definitely been about your trade and you have earned what you get and I want to go on.

“I want to be like the likes of Weller when I am 50.

“I want to be chatting to you about my new record...”

Buy tickets (priced £15) for Miles Kane at The Roadmender on June 10 at www.theroadmender.com