The Last Shadow Puppets @ Castlefield Bowl, 10 Jul

Live Review by Charlotte Davies | 12 Jul 2016

It’s not unlike The Last Shadow Puppets to be full of surprises – their return in itself, although rumoured for a while, came at the height of Alex Turner’s success with Arctic Monkeys, so to team up with Miles Kane once more for Everything You’ve Come To Expect was a pleasant miracle.

A certain Mr Johnny Marr is a startling addition to tonight's set – backed by the duo’s string quartet, their cover of The Smiths’ Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me is a surprising but courageous take on the song. As Marr exits the stage, Kane takes every opportunity to stoke the eager crowd, revelling in their roars as he takes to lead vocal duties. Turner is more chilled in comparison, sauntering around the stage with his hands in the pockets of his sharp blue suit, save for the occasions where he drops to his knees or raises his arms to the sky.

“I’ve got a feeling something terrible is about to happen, Manchester,” Turner warns before Kane unleashes their comeback track Bad Habits. The latter's screeches and yowls provide the perfect pace-changer from his bandmate’s soulful vocals – as soon as Turner mellows out the crowd, Kane stirs them up again. While they have the crowd’s full attention during the likes of Miracle Aligner and The Dream Synopsis, however, it's the old favourites that really stand out, particularly the cacophonous In My Room and Standing Next To Me – a two-minute burst of harmonies and jangle-pop melodies.

Their version of The Fall’s Totally Wired – joined again by Johnny Marr – sees the two frontmen at their most frantic, whereas stripped-down ballad Sweet Dreams, TN and the wistful Meeting Place are an ideal combination to wind down the show, and another year of Castlefield Bowl’s Sounds Of The City.