Artists of the week: The Kills
If an ocean didn’t stop Alison Mosshart (aka VV) and Jamie Hince (aka Hotel) to write songs together, the success of a side-project and a severe hand injury almost dictated the end of The Kills. Formed in the turn of the new millennium, the band was a real powerhouse that throughout three tremendous records (released between 2003 and 2008) showed that their mixture of blues and punk could rival the bluesy rock’n’roll of The White Stripes in energy and brilliance and supplant them in grittiness and sensuality.
In 2009, when he was touring with The Raconteurs, Mosshart started a friendship with Jack White that led to the birth of a supergroup, the Dead Weather. The Kills took a short break while the Dead Weather worked feverishly, issuing two albums in ten months and touring behind both. Blood Pressures ended the hiatus in 2011, but the record definitely felt like a minor effort in the discography of the band. A long hiatus followed with Mosshart moving to Nashville to pursue her visual art career and to record and tour with the Dead Weather, and Hince recovering from both his divorce with Kate Moss and five surgeries on his left hand due to a serious injury.
Ash & Ice, their new album, is their most sober and introspective collection of songs, but this time their melodies manage to balance the dark tones of the record. One of the most talented underdogs of indie rock are finally back and in great shape.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.