Last night, US band Mini Mansions were joined at their gig at London’s The Lexington by a very special guest: chief Arctic Monkey Alex Turner popped by for a brief cameo appearance.
Turner had been lurking in the venue long before he appeared onstage, watching Mini Mansions from a concealed corner of the room with Beady Eye and Gorillaz guitarist Jeff Wooton.
The US band – who consist of Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford – played for just under an hour as they previewed material from their second LP, as well as a handful of covers and older tracks.
Turner took everyone by surprise, though, when he walked on stage midway through ‘Vertigo’ to sing one verse. The Arctic Monkeys frontman prowled along the front of the stage, leaning into the crowd as he sang, before leaving as quickly as he had entered.
Mini Mansions, all dressed in suits of varying colours, had opened their set with a version of Sparks’ ‘Sherlock Holmes’ before playing ‘Monk’, taken from their self-titled 2009 debut album.
“Alright, let’s play some new songs,” announced drummer and occasional guitarist Shuman as the band launched into ‘Double Visions’. ‘Creeps’ followed swiftly after, while later the group treated the audience to a cover of Blondie’s ‘Heart Of Glass’.
Luckily, Mini Mansions will be back in the UK this February when they support Royal Blood on their tour with stops at Glasgow, London, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Norwich, Dublin, Blackpool, Plymouth, Norwich, Newport and Bridlington. But will Turner pop up with them again?