2016 has been an up and down year, with far many legends taken from us in such a short time, but also massive return albums released by the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Last Shadow Puppets & more. But then of course electro-indie double team the Kills announce a new album and return with two brand new tracks in around a month and a half. The scales are surely tipping towards this year being a good one surely? Right? Right!
The Kills last album ‘Blood pressures’ was released way back in 2011 and was, for lack of a better term, an absolute banger. However five years is a long, long time to not release anything and despite being a huge fan of their previous work, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t forgotten about them a little bit. Hard to say that this was a long anticipated release as I probably hadn’t thought about it for maybe three years. But anyway, they are back now and their brand spanking new LP is to be released on June the 3rd 2016 and it was in alongside the announcing of this fact on March the 1st that they released their new single ‘Doing it to death’. Fast forward to just yesterday and second new track ‘Heart of a dog’ surfaces. What a time to be alive.
It had been said in interviews prior to the announcement of the new album that the Kills would be going for a new sound and Alison Mosshart even claimed that neither her or Jamie Hince would be in charge of this sound or direction but that it would be quite an organic process. Scary shit for any existing fans but hurrah, all is well as both tracks have been absolute bangers and despite having a slightly different sound in that they are both maybe a little more minimal than their older material, and seem a little more deliberate in execution. But the good news is, none of it is so different that you can’t tell it’s the Kills. Mosshart may have steadied her delivery but in only exaggerates that sexy, smoky voice that every fan of the band fell in love before we ever saw her, and Jamie’s guitar sounds just like it always did but it’s just used differently, like a gun, only delivering fatal blows when it has to. It’s as edgy as it ever was, as cool as it ever was and excitement for the new album has been heightened by these two single releases. ‘Heart of a dog’ is definitely the more rock n roll of the two though and being the newest release, it’s the one we are focused on, but this one I found, really struck a chord and got me excited for the new album. There are likely a multitude of reasons why, but I think the music video is responsible for a lot of it. Take a look at the video but bare this thought in mind, as happy as I am to see them back, nobody seems happier about it all than the Kills. Welcome back.
Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)