Thursday, November 19, 2009
Band Of The Day:The Last Shadow Puppets
The Last Shadow Puppets, wow..it's like a NBA fantasy team. I couldn't pick a better Duo If my life depended on it.I'm a HUGE fan of
The Arctic Monkeys andThe Rascals , so when I heard that the two lead singers from each of my most favorite bands Alex Turner and Miles Kane had a duo project I was dying to hear these two magnificent English singers as one.
In August 2007 NME reported that Arctic Monkeys lead singer Alex Turner and lead singer of then newly formed The Rascals, Miles Kane would be recording an album with James Ford producing and playing drums.Turner and Kane became friends when Kane's previous band The Little Flames played support for Arctic Monkeys on their May/June 2005 UK tour. The Little Flames also supported Arctic Monkeys on their April 2007 UK tour, when Turner and Kane wrote songs together for a collaborative project. Their collaboration extended into Arctic Monkeys material, with Kane playing guitar on "505", the closing track of second Arctic Monkeys album Favourite Worst Nightmare and on "Fluorescent Adolescent" b-sides "The Bakery" and "Plastic Tramp". Kane also guested on "505" and "Plastic Tramp" at several Arctic Monkeys gigs in 2007, including the summer mini-festivals at Lancashire County Cricket Club and Arctic Monkeys' 2007 appearance at Glastonbury.
The initial recording of the album took place in France in late August 2007 with additional material added between August and December. In December Owen Pallett was appointed to arrange the strings, brass and percussion for the album with the 22-piece London Metropolitan Orchestra. During the recording of the album Turner and Kane hired a documentary film-making team, Luke Seomore and Joseph Bull, to capture the story of the project.
On 20 February 2008, the duo revealed they would be known as The Last Shadow Puppets and that their album would be titled The Age of the Understatement to be released on 21 April 2008. The album went straight to number one in the UK Albums Chart.
Below I posted one of my favorite songs from their album titled Black Plant