The Last Shadow Puppets (TLSP) are a British band consisting of Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, and Miles Kane of the Rascals. They play music that fuses rock and orchestra, also known as baroque-rock music. The band released their debut album, The Age of the Understatement, in 2008. It had a very melodramatic 60’s vibe to it. They also released an album in April called Everything You’ve Come to Expect, after an 8-year hiatus.
Turner and Kane are very experienced and creative lyricists. Turner stated in an interview that, “Some lyrics are declarations of love or hate written in blood or carved in a bus stop, in need of little or no melodic illumination.” Their songs are very melodic and the lyrics are well thought out. TLSP are heavily influenced by early David Bowie and The Beatles, and older music in general. They have covered many songs such as Bowie’s “In the Heat of the Morning”, “Moonage Daydream”, The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”, and Leonard Cohen’s “Is This What You Wanted?”. In their songs, allusions to these artists can be found frequently. The band recreates a very similar sound to these musicians.
During the summer, they toured both Europe and the USA. Their concerts are extremely lively, especially with Turner’s rather interesting dance moves. Kane and Turner seem to have a very special connection on stage, which brings the show together.
Some of their best songs, not counting their covers, include:
- Standing Next to Me
- My Mistakes Were Made for You
- Calm Like You
- Miracle Aligner
- Bad Habits
Their music is really good and well written, so I suggest everyone listens to them.
By Shahd ElNaggar