Miles Kane

Miles Kane

Kane performing at the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen in 2011.
Background information
Birth name Miles Peter Kane
Born (1986-03-17) 17 March 1986
Birkenhead, Merseyside, England
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts
Notable instruments

Miles Peter Kane (born 17 March 1986) is an English musician, best known as a solo artist and the co-frontman of the Last Shadow Puppets. He was also the former frontman of the Rascals, before the band announced their break-up in August 2009.[1]

He is currently pursuing a solo career, and continues to be a part of the Last Shadow Puppets. His debut solo album, Colour of the Trap, was released on 9 May 2011 and the follow-up, Don't Forget Who You Are was released on 3 June 2013.[2]

Personal life

Born in Birkenhead, Wirral, an only child, he was raised in nearby Meols.[3] Before learning the guitar, as a child Kane played the saxophone.[4] Kane now supports the football team Liverpool F.C., despite giving exclusive interviews to The Sun newspaper and having previously followed Manchester United for nearly 20 years.[5] Miles is also a close friend of Everton and England footballer Leighton Baines.[6]

In 2015, he was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men.[7]

Band projects

The Little Flames

Aged 18, Kane joined the Little Flames as guitarist alongside Eva Petersen (Vocals), Greg Mighall (Drums), Joe Edwards (Bass) and Matt Gregory (Guitar) in December 2004. The band signed to Deltasonic and were compared to label mates the Coral and high-profile fans such as the Arctic Monkeys. They also went on to tour with bands like the Coral, the Zutons, the Dead 60s and the Arctic Monkeys. The band split in 2007 prior to releasing their debut album, which remains unreleased.

The Rascals

Kane, on vocals and lead guitar, was joined by Greg Mighall on drums and Joe Edwards on bass guitar and occasional backing vocals. Kane took on the main songwriting duties for the band. The band, who have known each other from childhood, continued where the Little Flames left off; they signed with Deltasonic Records again, only with fewer members this time. They were adamant to keep their own distinct sound of 'awesome rockin beats' with a 'psychedelic quirk' and a 'compelling and unique dark underlying spirit'1.

The Rascals released their debut EP in December 2007, just 7 months after they got together. Entitled Out of Dreams it featured 4 tracks, but did not achieve chart success. Yet they soon became tipped to be one of the bands of 2008, championed in particular by NME, following a well received support slot on the Arctic Monkeys' 2007 tour. Their first album 'Rascalize' was released on 23 June 2008. The Rascals have a small role in the film Awaydays playing an Echo & the Bunnymen cover.

The Last Shadow Puppets : The Age Of The Understatement

Kane (right) and Alex Turner (left) performing as the Last Shadow Puppets

Whilst touring with the Arctic Monkeys, Kane and front man Alex Turner began to play together backstage, which resulted in the composition of new tracks, realizing there was a future in their songwriting partnership, and the Last Shadow Puppets were born. The duo decided to travel to the West Coast of France with producer James Ford where they recorded their debut album The Age of the Understatement in just two weeks. Their album went straight to number 1 in the UK Album Charts with the single of the same name reaching number 1 in the Indie Single Charts, and subsequent singles also reaching high spots. They first played together live in the UK, doing a secret set at Glastonbury with a special guest appearance from Jack White, to whom Kane lent his iPod so White could learn the solo. The band's album narrowly missed out on the Nationwide Mercury Music Prize, but won the Mojo Breakthrough Award. In December 2015 it was confirmed on the band's official Facebook and YouTube accounts,[8][9] that the second album was due in spring 2016.

Solo career

In early 2009, after his last tour with the Rascals, Miles Kane left the band to focus on a solo career. Inspired by a classic, smart '60s Mod theme he signed with Columbia Records[10] and began recording his solo album with Dan Carey and Dan the Automator, who had previously worked with Gorillaz and Kasabian.[11]

Colour of the Trap (2010–2012)

Main article: Colour of the Trap

Kane's debut single, "Inhaler" was released on 22 November 2010, and he did a series of solo shows throughout November, as well as supported the Courteeners at several shows in December. He then continued solo performances in January and February 2011, before supporting Beady Eye at eight shows in March.[12] Kane released another single, "Come Closer" on 20 February 2011, reaching No. 85 on the UK Singles Chart.[13] "Rearrange", the third single from his debut album, was released on 27 March 2011 and reached No. 149 on the UK Singles Chart.[14]

The album, titled Colour of the Trap, was released on 9 May 2011.[15][16] One track, "My Fantasy" features backing vocals from Noel Gallagher,[17] while another, "Happenstance" is a duet between Kane and French actress Clémence Poésy.[18] Half of the tracks on the album were co-written by Alex Turner, Kane's partner in the Last Shadow Puppets. Kane supported the Arctic Monkeys at two shows in Sheffield in June 2011, and was their support act on their Australian tour in January 2012.[19] It was also announced on 19 October 2011 that Kane was to support Kasabian on their UK tour in December 2011.

Don't Forget Who You Are (2013-2015)

Kane performing in 2012

On 24 February 2013, Kane released an EP titled Give Up, charting at No. 62. On 13 March 2013, Kane revealed he would be releasing his second album, entitled Don't Forget Who You Are, in the spring. On 19 March 2013, a UK tour in May and June to coincide with the album was announced.[20] On 30 April 2013, Kane released the single "Don't Forget Who You Are", which features the B-side “Get Right” which was written by Kane and Alex Turner.[21] The album was released on 3 June 2013, debuting at No. 8 in the UK charts. It was produced by Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds, and features two tracks co-written with Paul Weller ("Fire in My Heart" and "You're Gonna Get It").

Kane played the opening day of Glastonbury 2013 on the John Peel stage, before joining the Arctic Monkeys in their headline slot, to play on "505". Two further singles from the album, "Taking Over" and "Better Than That" were released in August and October 2013 respectively. In 2015, Kane collaborated with Mark Ronson on the opening track "Johanna" of the soundtrack to the film Mortdecai, contributing vocals.[22]

The Last Shadow Puppets 2nd Album : 'Everything You've Come To Expect' (2015–Present)

After mooted rumours of a new album with Alex Turner in Kane's other band The Last Shadow Puppets. On 19 October 2015 Owen Pallett, who contributed the string arrangements on The Age of the Understatement, confirmed work on a second The Last Shadow Puppets album.[23] In November 2015, producer James Ford confirmed that work on the second album had been completed. [24]

On 10 January 2016, the band released their first single since 2008.[25] The song, "Bad Habits", was accompanied with a music video[26] filmed in the same style as the first two teaser trailers. On 21 January 2016, the band announced that their second album would be entitled Everything You've Come to Expect, and would feature the return of all three previous band members, as well as the addition of bass player Zach Dawes. The title track (Everything You've Come to Expect) was released as a single on 10 March 2016. It was followed by the release of "Aviation" on 16 March 2016 and the release of "Miracle Aligner" on 28 March 2016. The album was released on 1 April 2016.

Solo Band members

The live band include George Moran (rhythm guitarist), Ben Parsons (keyboard), Phill Anderson (bass guitar), and Jay Sharrock (drums). Singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist Eugene McGuinness left the band to continue with his own career.[27]

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Nominated work Award Result
2009 NME Awards Miles Kane Sexiest Male Nominated
2011 Q Awards Miles Kane Breakthrough Artist Nominated
2012 NME Awards Miles Kane Best Solo Artist Nominated
2013 NME Awards Miles Kane Best Solo Artist Nominated


Note: This only includes artist's solo career, not other projects such as the Last Shadow Puppets or the Rascals.

Solo Studio albums

Album Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Colour of the Trap 11 35 27 61 38 76
Don't Forget Who You Are
  • Released: 3 June 2013
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
8 17 44 66 55


Title Album details Peak chart positions
Live at iTunes Festival: London 2011
  • Released: 6 July 2011
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: digital download
First of My Kind
  • Released: 20 April 2012
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: limited edition vinyl, digital download
Give Up
  • Released: 22 February 2013
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: 7" vinyl, digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Inhaler" 2010 171 Colour of the Trap
"Come Closer" 2011 85 73 75
"Rearrange" 149 53 79
"First of My Kind" 2012 65 80 First of My Kind EP
"Give Up" 2013 62 95 Don't Forget Who You Are
"Don't Forget Who You Are" 158 64 86
"Taking Over" 95
"Better Than That" 79


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