FYM PRESS PLAY: THE KILLS NEW RECORD 'BLOOD PRESSURES' AVAILABLE NOW
Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince make up the two-piece, dancing with the devil by the pale moonlight duo that is, The Kills. For over a decade now, we've been fans of Mosshart since FYM discovered Discount (Mosshart's former music project before starting The Kills). Her jet-black vocal genius paired with Hince's steady rhythms, and dynamic production qualities have lent a hand in making their latest effort Blood Pressures the bands strongest release to-date.
It's the first record The Kills have put out in three years (Mosshart during that time started a new music project with Jack White and friends known as The Dead Weather) and that time away from Hince seems to have worked out ultimately in their favor. From start to finish, Blood Pressures shines with confidence and refreshing spirit, it's a return to The Kills classic sound. The album features more distorted guitar grime and less digital-pop production as found on their previous release Midnight Boom.
The album is filled with standout tracks starting with the opener Future Starts Slow (available for free download on iTunes), featuring shimmering guitar structure, dueling kinetic vocal treatments, and a reassuring feeling that this band has made a triumphant reunion of creativity. Other standouts like Heart Is A Beating Drum and DNA, focus on hook filled chorus, and more groove driven methodical grindhouse production work. The Kills latest single Satellite is accompanied with a fantastic film noir-esque tribute to their sonic partnership, see below.
FYM can't be happier for The Kills to be back! They are the type of band that just makes you feel coool while listening to them. Blood Pressures could have been a train wreck of pain and ego (due to Mosshart's success with The Dead Weather), but instead it turns out Hince and Mosshart have an undying connection, giving the world something to jam about. The Kills will be live in Seattle May 9th at the Showbox (FYM can't wait!). For tour information, merch, and records, visit their well designed website: thekills.tv
Thoughts/Graphic: J. Thomas Codling