New band: The Last Shadow Puppets

by Modculture 19 March, 2008

Members of two popular northern guitar groups have got together to produce 1960s orchestral pop-inspired music under the name The Last Shadow Puppets.Thelastshadowpuppets

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys fame and friend Miles Kane of Liverpool band The Rascals formed the group last year as a studio project, and only decided upon the name The Last Shadow Puppets a few weeks ago. An album, The Age Of The Understatement, was recorded in France last year. The London Metropolitan Orchestra have been drafted in to provide strings for most of the album tracks. The band have said they were keen to write material that invoked the late-60s singer-songwriter style encapsulated by artists like Scott Walker and David Bowie. Indeed so indebted they are to the 1960s for inspiration their forthcoming single has two covers on the B-sides: Billy Fury‘s Wondrous Place and David Bowie’s In The Heat Of The Morning. So far the public have only heard the single The Age Of The Understatement: a rolling, Scott 4-esque tune with cavernous drums, baroque guitars, Gregorian chants and that trademark Turner lyrical wordplay. It bodes very well for the forthcoming album.

The single The Age Of The Understatement is released through Domino Records on April 21st, with the album of the same name released a week later on the 28th. You can watch the video for the single (shot in Moscow) here. There are no plans for UK live shows yet, but with Arctic Monkeys not scheduled to tour in 2008 we should expect The Last Shadow Puppets to fill the void somewhere along the line soon.

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