The Last Shadow Puppets proved they are more than just a side project, with a rare US appearance in Downtown Los Angeles.
The Last Shadow Puppets is a collaborative project between Alex Turner (Artic Monkeys) and Miles Kane (Little Flames, The Rascals). The two began writing together when Little Flames toured with the Arctic Monkeys, releasing their first album, The Age of the Understatement, in 2008. Their second album, Everything Youâ€™ve Come To Expect, was released earlier this month.
Their sold out show at the Theater at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles was a rare chance to see them live. Except for their Fillmore date earlier this week, their only other US appearance are the festival dates at Coachella and Outside Lands.
Their show at the Ace was fabulous, opening with the cinematic swagger of â€œIn My Room,â€ and proceeding into a high-energy night of music. The TLSP format has both of the singers sharing the spotlight, with shared vocals on many of the songs. Turner is one of the most charismatic frontman out there right now, effortlessly suave and sexy. But Kane proved equally capable of holding the audience’s attention, and watching the two interact was an absolute joy. Turner jumped out to the covered orchestra pit several times during the evening, to the delight of the adoring crowd.
The band filled out their live band with a string section, three violins, and a cello, as well as swirly keyboards, for a lush, theatrical sound. For their encore, they returned to the stage with a magnificent cover of The Beatles â€œI Want You (Sheâ€™s So Heavy),â€ which seemed fitting considering their baroque sound owes a lot to Sgt Pepper.