This year’s gigging season is well under way and as usual I find myself heading to my local venue to check out an act discovered during the summer’s festival season. This year that act is Miles Kane who did a good job impressing me at this summer’s inaugural Rize Festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford.
Tonight’s show at the UEA in Norwich comes towards the start of a full tour in support of Kane’s latest release ‘Coup De Grace’. Along for the ride is Manchester’s Cabbage who have been one of those hotly tipped acts since their inception circa 2015. Their set tonight seems to follow their career path so far with some early promise that ultimately fails to materialise. Not a bad performance by any stretch of the imagination, just failing to live up to the hype that has seemingly been bestowed upon them.
Kane and his band on the other hand duly deliver, following up on their summer performance with arguably an even better showing this evening. Hitting their stride instantly with ‘Loaded’ and ‘Inhaler’, Kane has the audience in the palm of his hand from here on out. Loud sing-a-longs and plenty of moshing follow as Kane delivers a solo-career spanning set with ‘Give Up’ and ‘Cry On My Guitar’ two more early highlights.
I’m specifying solo-career spanning of course because Kane has carved his name not just through his solo work but also with The Rascals and Alex Turner collaboration The Last Shadow Puppets over the last decade. If that’s not enough Kane has even performed with Matt Bellamy’s Beatles tribute Dr. Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band.
Kane clearly wants to continue to raise the status of his name to match his illustrious co-conspirators and with the release of ‘Coup De Grace’, Kane is doing a good job. Tonight the likes of ‘Too Little Too Late’ and the title track ‘Coup De Grace’ are highlights that sit well with the likes of fan favourite ‘Rearrange’. There is even a stunning cover of ‘Hot Stuff’ in the mix to the delight of the buoyant crowd.
A particular highlight is the huge sing-a-long that ensues for main set closer ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’. Here Kane clearly demonstrates his ability to control an audience and at its conclusion he has the crowd begging for more. Kane duly obliges with ‘Shavambacu’ and the magnificent ‘Come Closer’ bringing a highly entertaining evening to a finish.