Miles Kane – Brixton Academy (6th December 2018)

When Miles Kane broke onto the scene with 2011’s Colour of The Trap LP, it was as if a lost Beatle or Kink had arrived via a time travelling machine. He was 60’s, he was Mod.

Fast forward to 2018 and to Brixton Academy, he’s owning the stage, in a black jump suit, walking on to 70’s tunes pumping and a disco ball spinning. In this latest incarnation, he is more Bolan than Lennon.

This year’s Coup DeGrace album, co-written with Jamie T, sounds superb live. Kane is one of the only British performers that embodies the true rock ‘n roll attitude – areal showman as he holds his hands aloft, and contorts his body with every guitar solo, as if the music he is weaving, is taking him over.

A slightly different version of the beautiful ‘Colour of The Trap’ was one of the only pauses in what was a powerful and unrelenting set. ‘Come Closer’, ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ and ‘Give Up’ makeup this huge show, in all their extended glory. 

Miles Kane is not only an artist in his writing, but in his commanding of a crowd. Clapping when he clapped, swaying when he swayed and singing every word with him. Tonight, Brixton was bouncing.

The Liverpudlian has that frontman arrogance that isinescapably intoxicating. He is one of the last of a dying breed: a true rock‘n roller. We cannot wait to see where Kane steers his ship next.