Tuesday 24 May 2022

Live Review: Miles Kane, The Tramshed Cardiff 23/05/2022

In support of his fourth studio album, Change The Show, Miles Kane made his very welcomed return to Cardiff last night for his highly anticipated rescheduled date at Tramshed. With hints of 60's glam and deeply rooted jazz influences, his latest venture is packed with rhythm and blues so it was only fitting for the night to be an electrifying display of pure showmanship. 

Despite the London priced pints and damp weather outside, support came in the form of Brooke Combe who began the night with an uplifting set of enriched soulful nuances, packed with confidence. Her recent single, Miss Me Now, is evidence of her songwriting mastery with its hooky bassline and driving vocals which truly came to light in the live environment. Preceding Brooke was Tom A Smith who I sadly missed but is definitely worth catching should you get the chance having recently seen him support Gang of Youths.

With the crowd suitably warmed-up and ready for action, promptly arriving on-stage at 9:30pm, Miles emerged in his usual jubilant, swaggering self. 

Wasting no time, the night opened with Don't Let It Get You Down before he charged in to Rearrange as a sea of Fred Perry and Stone Island clad fans jumped around. It was on times easy to forget this tour was in support of his new record as he treated fans to a celebration of back catalogue hits spanning his whole career, including a soaring cover of The Beatles' Don't Let Me Down

Elsewhere there were tasty offerings from his Last Shadow Puppets days with Bad Habits, Aviation and Standing Next To Me all getting an equally effervescent performance. Between songs the room became filled with chants of "Miles Miles Miles" as he grinned, lapping up the adoration. It's clear to see he thrives in this environment and fans get back what they put in with some of the tightest guitar performing of our generation.

Despite the new album still only being in its infancy, there's already monumental moments being created, evidently on display live as its title track Change The Show delivers in rapturous form alongside Never Get Tired of Dancing which brings a whole new light to the show with uplifting vocals and a brass sections that oozed charisma. 

Diving straight in to the time old classics of Inhaler and Come Closer there was no bravado of walking off to complete an encore. Just a cumulative finale of monstrous proportions. And a fitting way to bring down the curtain on what was an exhilarating display of guitar music at its finest. It goes without saying, Miles Kane certainly delivers in songwriting talent and with his latest Long Player, we get to see him step in to a whole new groove.


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