SOuNd BiTeS!! THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS (Sheffield/Wirral) - The Age of Understatement
Take some Mariachi horns, a 22 piece orchestra, one cheeky monkey, one little rascal and BINGO you have a modern classic. Sort of ...
Alone Again Or .. Not alone at all. That is the question. For all those who missed out on David Axelrodís sweeping orchestral arrangements and Scott Walkerís even sweepier sexual dramas in all their frilly, baroque gargantuaness then this delightful little time-capsule of brassy and affectionate tributes from Messrs Turner and Kane should fill you in quite nicely. Recorded during a frantic two-week fit of blazing, theatrical romance at Black Box Studios near Nantes in France, ĎThe Age Of Understatementí combines all the furtive, trolley thieving antics of Turnerís Arctic Monkeys, the lyrical hardcore goth of Kaneís Rascals, shitloads of strings and horns and crafts something, that whilst not entirely original, fleshes out the usual bones of pastiche with enough lusty vigour to put hairs on the chests of pimply young teens everywhere. Sure, itís arranger Owen Pallettís 22 piece London Metropolitan Orchestra that really breathes life into these crude yet occasionally tender sketches of love, loss and secateurs but what makes it work are the usual smart-arse one liners from Turner and the pairís peculiar disregard for the rule book. The kitchen-sink is still there but now itís got some fancy drainers, mats and shit to make it look nice. If Scott Walker had set his heaving and his frankly less than understated narratives around the back of the local Threshers rather than around some lovely Parisian terrace, this is what it might have sounded like. Remember those soaring string arrangements and Mariachi horns Dave Angel poured over Loveís ĎForever Changesí album? Well itís like that. Only with more tits than Tijuana.
ĎTHE AGE OF UNDERSTATEMENTí - released in the UK on April 21st 2008
The Last Shadow Puppets will take to the NME / Radio One Stage on Friday 22nd August at Leeds Festival and Sunday 24th August at Reading Festival as co-headliners