March 6, 2008

An arctic monkey and his twin, caught in the age of understatement

Arctic Monkey Alex Turner and Miles Kane from The Rascals have a side project goin’ called The Last Shadow Puppets, with a new video online today called “The Age of the Understatement.” It’s an epic-sounding song about marauding and proper kissing, with a video to match — an affair of tanks and singing WWII troops, priests and Russian figure skaters.

After seeing it, I’m pretty sure that these guys are twins or clones or at the very least, go shopping together. Watch it here.

The duo played their first live show together on Tuesday night to a packed Williamsburg record store, and thanks to Hypeful blog, here’s a live mp3 of their first single (which will be released in proper form April 14th, with the full album following shortly):

The Age Of The Understatement (live 3/4/08) – The Last Shadow Puppets

[top photo credit Kyle Dean Reinford, taken at last night’s surprise Cake Shop show on the Lower East Side]


  • Alex Turner brings music back to life.

    Russell — March 6, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

  • This Puppets record is actually really good stuff. Seems like we were reading each others’ minds today..heh? Hey. We’ll miss you at SXSW….


    Bruce — March 6, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

  • love it. i’m excited.


    Anonymous — March 6, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

  • ‘endearingly bedraggled in the wind’ – is anyone else writing lyrics as resonant and full as these at the moment?

    Russell — March 7, 2008 @ 5:03 am

  • Do you think the Rascals should change their name, since there’s already a really well-known band (who’s in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame no less), that has been around since the 60′s, using that name?

    Maybe they could change it to something more original, like the Kinks or the Animals. SNAP!

    Anonymous — March 7, 2008 @ 10:08 am

  • I have to agree about the name…naming your band with the name of such a well known band shows a stunning lack of awareness of rock history. Nonetheless, the music I have heard from the new “Rascals” is pretty good. But they need to retain a lawyer…the real Rascals have been known to sue each other over use of the name…this might be something that actually unites them to a common cause…namely sueing newer Rascals!

    Anonymous — March 11, 2008 @ 6:35 am

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