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"I like those red trousers mate. I love a bit of burgundy on the legs, I do. Makes you proper stand out - nice one!" It's clear, right from the gun, that singer/songwriter Mr Kane, 25, has no qualms about being seen as a thoroughbred British, razzle-dazzle-loving showman - a direct philosophical descendant of Mr Paul Weller, Mr Roger Daltrey, and (whisper it) the brothers Gallagher - even if that means enthusing wildly over the sartorial virtues of a pair of wine-coloured jeans.
When it comes to style, this musical man-cub is nothing if not a peacock: "When I do fashion shoots and whatnot, I love it but I have to pick the gear myself," he explains, in a curvy, lilting Liverpudlian accent that's as direct as his own brand of super-catchy pop rock. "Burberry, Paul Smith, Yves Sain-t Laurent" - his sharp accent falling heavily on the "t" like a true Northerner - "but I don't wear stuff I wouldn't wear in real life. If I do, I feel like a fake. And that ain't me, man."
Soulful, refreshingly chipper, cheekbones that could open envelopes and with just enough swagger to carry off an ivory suit twinned with a cobalt-blue and white polka dot shirt on a rainy Monday afternoon in East London, Mr Kane is certainly rock'n'roll's latest real deal. Having crept out of the indie band shadows with The Last Shadow Puppets - a musical outfit formed in 2007
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with his friend and collaborator Mr Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys - 2011 has been all about scorching his own path.
May saw the release of his debut solo album, Colour of the Trap: "I think there was a lot to prove," Mr Kane admits, nursing a deep bowl of rich black coffee. "With Puppets, I think a lot of people just thought I was Alex's mate. I know a lot of people thought that my band The Rascals [disbanded in 2009] had gone wrong so Al was just giving me a leg up - people were suspicious. But nothing could be further from the truth. I felt there was a lot to prove both to myself and those people that didn't believe."
Judging by the reception his latest efforts have received, Mr Kane can consider the tide truly turned. Having started airing riotous, feet-stamping tracks such as the brilliant "Inhaler" (yes, actually about the singer's asthma inhaler) and "Come Closer" in 100-seater dives last winter - testing out the pace and the groove of the new material - soon the young guitarist had graduated to support slots with the likes of The Courteeners and Mr Liam Gallagher's band Beady Eye. Come October 2011 and Mr Kane will embark
Mr Turner and Mr Kane at London's Grosvenor House hotel for the Mercury Music Prize, for which their band The Last Shadow Puppets was nominated for Best Album, 9 September, 2008
The artwork for Mr Kane's first solo album, Colour of the Trap, which was released in May this year
The music video for the single "Inhaler"
on a bona fide British club tour, taking in venues such as Glasgow's ABC and the legendary Electric Ballroom in London. For Mr Kane, every ticket sold, every punter pleased, is a middle finger up to the cynics.
"I worked with several people on the LP, including Dan Carey and Alex [Turner]." So was he nervous about playing his solo stuff to his best mate and musical "brother"? "I went over to New York for a week's holiday earlier this year and played him the demos. We're so close now even our mums are best mates! He's just great at solving musical puzzles. We sat down for two days, and broke tracks up, put differing parts together and that helped me enormously. It never feels like work with Al, as it's just so easy."
Touring, for one who so adores the limelight, is where Mr Kane's heart truly lies, and nothing gets the blood pumping more than yelling into a sea of sweaty faces. "It is what it is all about for me. If I don't play live, even after a couple of days I start getting itchy for it." To feed his need Mr Kane has hammered his way through this summer's festival circuit: Glastonbury, Japan's Summer Sonic, Reading... the list goes on.
The Pukkelpop festival in Belgium, however, proved a little too wild, even for Mr Kane's credentials. "We were about to go on and it started raining. We didn't notice anything at first but then we could see it was getting pretty heavy up there. Then there was this twister - like out of the movies - and the stage started swaying. It was mad. Right where I was supposed to be standing the roof came down and soaked all my guitars, wires and equipment. If we'd gone on I could have been electrocuted. I thought we were going to die!"
No doubt rock n' roll immortality is but a warm front (and a dapper suit) away for Mr Kane. "It's been life changing, for sure," adds the singer, for the first time since we sat down looking earnest and, dare we say it, even somewhat humbled. "I'm more comfortable in my own skin, I guess. I'm a different lad to what I was before. I'm a changed man."