I’ve been to many shows, but The Last Shadow Puppets had a very different feel to it. There was a very sophisticated and sexy energy primed for the perfect date night between two people that love music. The type of show that you can put your good clothes on and not be worried for them to get destroyed or tattered. Even though they have had almost eight years between albums, vocalist/guitarist Alex Turner and vocalist/guitarist Miles Kane haven’t seen to have lost a step even with the long layover. The creative synergy between the two is apparent on stage and with their recent release, Everything You’ve Come To Expect. If you listen to the album, it sounds like an event that requires you to get your best pair of headphones and really get lost in it. This was a concert that matched the feel of that album.
The show opened with a live string arrangement of “Aviation,” the first song of the band’s new album. Each band member came out to loud cheers with red and orange mood lighting that converged into a spotlight for each of the band members in different points of the song. The crowd was intently into the show, giving them their full attention, swaying and nodding their heads throughout the night. The 19 song set list was a great mixture of new songs and tracks from TLSP’s first album, The Age Of Understatement. I’ve been lucky to see the Arctic Monkeys live, but I love that both bands have a completely different feel to them. It was almost as Alex Turner was playing a different character – often getting lost in the music and breaking that to meet up with Kane at some points during the show.
Both the band and the strings part alike came together to play beautiful versions of songs like “Calm Like You” and “In My Room” which initially ended the set. During the encore, the band covered The Beatles‘, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”. There were fans literally trying to fill each slither of a doorway and each morsel of space to watch this show. What’s nine years between albums? Just enough time for great music.