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The Last Shadow Puppets are best described as an English 'supergroup' The Last Shadow Puppets are Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Miles Kane (The Rascals & solo artist), James Ford (Simian, Simian Mobile Disco, producer), and Zach Dawes (Mini Mansions, session musician).

The band released their debut album, 'The Age Of The Understatement', in 2008. Following an 8 year pause, they have returned with their new album 'Everything You've Come To Expect'.

They have been getting a lot of airplay on the radio (well, the stations I listen to at least) and what has been described as their 'Baroque Pop/Retro' sound has most definitely been receiving the thumbs up.

The band have been busy showcasing the album by touring at home and abroad for much of 2016 with dates in London, Paris, and New York and have also been a presence at many festivals, including Coachella in California, the Radio One Big Weekend, Primevera Sound in Barcelona, Glastonbury, T in the Park... the list goes on!

After tonight's gig they aren't taking any prisoners and are continuing their attempt at world musical domination with dates in the USA, Canada and Europe.

Phew!

All those far flung places and I was able to see them at our local venue, the Brid Spa!

And what a gig! The guys didn't disappoint and played their hearts out to a packed audience. The gig was a sell out and it was great to see a good mix of fans ranging in age from teens to - well, not teens...

It was a hot evening (for a change) and there was sweat aplenty both on stage and off. It only served to make the 'pleasing on the eye' guys more appealing (screaming girls next to me verified their appeal), and the elaborate pomaded quiff with which Alex Turner began the show soon melted away to a foppish bob.

Mr Turner is definitely a showman, and his long limbed elaborate bow to the photographer at the start of the gig prompted screams (girls) and cheers (boys).

They started the show full of energy and didn't seem to be affected too badly by the heat, storming cleanly through song after song. The tunes came in waves, from a strong start, to a kind of lull in the middle, then picking up the pace once again before calming down (much as the album does).

At the start of the gig I was standing to one side of the stage and couldn't see the string section. I had almost thought what a good backing tape they had (whilst being a little disappointed). It was only when I moved to the front that I saw the full ensemble. Those girls are fantastic and are really fundamental to the band's sound - I loved it.

There were too many stand out moments to mention but they included:

'Miracle Aligner' – smooth and gentle... 'Sweet Dreams' - punchy and emotional... 'Aviation' - dramatic soaring strings and jangly guitar... the sleazy sounding 'Dracula Teeth' and Miles Kane with 'Bad Habits' which is soooo much better live... he gave it some serious welly. There was also the eponymous 'Everything You've Come To Expect', which is one of my faves.

The style and sound of the band has been described as 'Scott Walkerish', 'Louche/ Retro' to all out indie/rock with a touch of the aforementioned Baroque thrown in.

I don't think any genre can really do them justice. They have a beautiful unique sound all of their own.

They ended the show with an encore of three songs, one of which was an incredible cover of David Bowie's Moonage Daydream which paid excellent homage to him.

A guy standing near me summed up the gig quite succinctly: 'You can't take it away from them can ya? They're f###### excellent, man!'

The Last Shadow Puppets - Bridlington Spa

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