The Little Flames (Miles Kane’s first band) are set to release their lost debut album as part of the re-launch of Deltasonic and reissue series on 4th March and have shared never before heard track ‘The Day Is Not Today’ ahead of the release.
Signed to legendary indie label Deltasonic, the band toured extensively during their first years, releasing edgy and anarchic singles Goodbye Little Rose and Put Your Dukes Up, John. Their sound continued to evolve as they absorbed and reformulated an array of influences, ranging from krautrock, Motown and 60s garage, to film music and the symphonic pop of artists like Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy. In the sessions leading up to the recording of their debut album, working with producer Central Nervous System (AKA Joe Fearon), the band’s early spiky sound gave way to something altogether darker and more expansive.
The album, The Day is Not Today, was eventually recorded with producer Tore Johansson, using Sweden’s famous Tambourine studios and Gula Studion in Malmö. It showcased the evolution of the band’s music, where the energy and impatience of their earlier twisted guitar pop was not only fully honed (Seven Days, If Tomorrow Never Comes), but juxtaposed with a sound that was both ethereal and cinematic (October Skies, The Girl of Last Year).
The album was mixed, mastered and ready to go in 2007, but before it could be released The Little Flames decided to split up. Miles, Joe and Greg formed The Rascals, with Miles Kane then going on to form The Last shadow Puppets with Alex Turner and recording solo material. Mat and Eva have continued to work separately on various music and art projects. The Little Flames’ second single, Put Your Dukes Up, John, was covered by The Arctic Monkeys after the two bands toured together on the Sheffield band’s first two album tours.
The album was never released.
As part of the re-launch of Deltasonic and reissue series, the decision was taken to finally release the album which was originally recorded in 2006.
“I’m excited to finally be able to drop the needle in this particular groove! I had a lot of good times with The Flames and I have very fond memories of making this record. Every time I listen to these songs I think of Alan Wills and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity he and Joe Fearon gave me. I’m delighted that everyone is able to now hear what we collectively created.” – Miles Kane