Philip Kane was described by Rolling Stone as having the “voice of a scotch obsessed Al Green”. His first solo studio album 'Songs for Swinging Lovers' was described as "a ragged graceful revelation" in Uncut and reviewed by Rolling Stone as "a stunning collection of neo soul songs." ‘Flowers & Ledges’ came out in 2016 and featured a host of special guests, including Mark Eitzel on backing vocals.
Philip Kane and the Expendables (Pete Wilkinson and James Maltby on guitars; Dan Drury on bass; Mark Hunter on drums and Jim Knight on sax) are currently recording their fourth studio album, likely to be titled A Full Pack Of Smokes, and due out later this year.
"Kane's rare ability to find romance in the dirty and bleakly literate lyricism is cut from the same bruised cloth as Cathal Coughlan and Mark Eitzel."
- Andy Cowan
"Scintillating citizen Kane is the first man to outrageously describe himself as “Al Green singing Leonard Cohen” and find us all in total agreement."
"Flowers & Ledges winner of the Quietus Tracks Of The Year 2016"
"This collection [Unauthorised Person] shows a poet whose work has grown in stature to become strong, honest and mature. [...] The pieces here vary in tone, often lyrical, sometimes prosaic but all show a deep rooted humanity and a political (with a small p) sensibility."
- Bill Lewis