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Review; SOUND CITY LAUNCH PARTY The Kazimier.

Byline: Jade Wright

THE stage was set for a dramatic show as Miles Kane raised the curtain for this year's Sound City Festival.

After recording his debut album and touring through the winter, this was his home-coming gig, and Miles and the band didn't disappoint.

Playing to a packed Kazimier, and following the announcement that he will be headlining St George's Hall over the Sound City weekend in May, Miles revelled in the limelight, powering through a setlist of freshly minted songs.

Despite the album not being due for release for another two months, the crowd sang along with every word, while Miles growled into the microphone. looking like Noel and Liam Gallagher's little brother.

The links don't end at the simian features - Miles has recorded a track for the new album with Noel and he's going on tour supporting Liam''s new band Beady Eye. He's clearly going places, and given this performance, it was easy to see why.

Of course, it helps that he's assembled one of the best backing bands around. He's recruited talented LIPA-trained singer and songwriter Eugene McGuinness on backing vocals and rhythm guitar, Jay Sharrock from the Sandband on drums (son of La's, Oasis and Beady Eye drummer Chris), plus Ben Parsons on keyboards and Phill Anderson on bass guitar (both from Cherry Ghost).

Over the years we've seen Miles in The Little Flames, The Rascals, Last Shadow Puppets and now solo. As time has gone on, his songwriting has clearly matured.

Now he has a varied arsenal of songs at his disposal, from pop to rock through slower, country inspired tracks.

It's a mixed bag, but one that works well and allows him to change the pace and work the crowd, who appreciatively greeted every track.

As audiences go, they were a refreshingly mixed bunch, a cross section of Liverpool nightlife, with lads in jeans and jumpers next to impossibly pretty girls teetering on skyscraper heels.

Miles and the lads rocked through the fantastic Rearrange - which has the best riff I've heard this year - before launching into the more relaxed My Fantasy, the song that Miles recorded with Noel.

All in all, it was the best gig I've seen in 2011.

The only problem they have now is how to top that when they play St George's Hall.

9/10 Sound
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Sound recording review
Date:Feb 28, 2011
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