The “Puppets” are essentially two core guys; Alex Turner (also of The Arctic Monkeys) on guitar and lead and harmony vocals, and Miles Kane (of the Rascals) playing guitar, lead and harmony vocals. James Ford is their producer who also does some arranging, and plays drums.
In August 2007 NME magazine reported that the “Puppets” would be recording an album with Simian Mobile Disco member and former Simian drummer James Ford producing and playing drums.
Turner and Kane had become friends when Kane’s previous band The Little Flames played support for Arctic Monkeys on their 2005 UK tour. The Little Flames also supported Arctic Monkeys on their April 2007 UK tour, when Turner and Kane wrote songs together for a collaborative project. Their collaboration extended into Arctic Monkeys material, with Kane playing guitar on “505”, the closing track of second Arctic Monkeys album Favorite Worst Nightmare and on “Fluorescent Adolescent” B-sides “The Bakery” and “Plastic Tramp.” Kane also guested on “505” and “Plastic Tramp” at several Arctic Monkeys gigs in 2007, including the summer mini-festivals at Lancashire County Cricket Club and Arctic Monkeys’ 2007 appearance at Glastonbury.
The “Puppets” played their first ever show in Brooklyn, New York at Sound Fix Records on 4 March 2008, playing a second gig at the Lower East Side’s Cake Shop the following night.
The band played a secret set at Glastonbury on 28 June 2008 with Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders playing drums on “The Age of the Understatement” and Jack White of The Raconteurs and The White Stripes playing a guitar solo on “Wondrous Place.”
On 3 February 2012, Miles Kane supported Arctic Monkeys at their Paris Olympia show. At the conclusion of the support slot, Alex Turner joined Miles Kane and his band to perform Standing Next to Me.
For more info about the “Puppets”, check Wikipedia
The Age of the Understatement is the debut album by The Last Shadow Puppets. It was released on 21 April 2008 in the UK, following the release of their eponymous single in the previous week. It entered the UK Album Chart at #1 on 27 April 2008. The album was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize.
- Vocals, guitar, bass – Alex Turner, Miles Kane
- Drums – James Ford
- Conductor – Owen Pallett
- Orchestra – London Metropolitan Orchestra (recorded by Steve McGlaughlin)