Miles Kane: 'They're quite melancholy songs but over punk music, imagine if Roy Orbison and The Ramones were brothers'
- Henry Northmore
- 3 June 2019
Indie rock frontman talks Last Shadow Puppets, Lana Del Rey and wrestling
Miles Kane first troubled the charts with indie scamps the Rascals before sealing his retro rock credentials through his collaboration with Arctic Monkeys' frontman Alex Turner as the Last Shadow Puppets. Debut album The Age of the Understatement (2008) was a sweeping mix of strings and Scott Walker influences that picked up a Mercury Prize nomination.
After Turner returned to his day job, Miles focused on his solo material; a mix of orchestral pop and punk swagger as showcased on 2011's Colour of the Trap, which featured a guest spot from Noel Gallagher, as well as writing credits from Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) and best bud Turner. Now back with his third solo album Coup de Grace, we catch up with him ahead of his UK tour and festival dates for summer 2019.
How would you describe your own music?
It's just high energy, honest rock'n'roll, with lyrics about my experiences and my feelings. They're quite melancholy songs but over punk music, imagine if Roy Orbison and The Ramones were brothers.
How do you feel Coup de Grace fits into your discography?
Every album you make is a chapter in your life, you want it to be a progression, whether it's the music, lyrics or style, you want it to be a step on from the last one. It just felt like a very honest, fun record and it feels great to play live.
Jamie T has a co-writer's credit on seven of the ten tracks on Coup de Grace. Did you enjoy working with him?
Amazing. I couldn't have made it without him. When we were sifting through the demos it was [title track] 'Coup de Grace' and 'Silverscreen' that really turned him on, because at that point I couldn't tell what was good and what was shit. I needed that focus, it was working together that brought it all together, it started to flow.
It's good for me to be around people, I just find it more fun and I think the songs are better as a result of that.