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The Kills

The bluesy punk duo the Kills consist of vocalist/guitarist VV, aka Alison Mosshart, formerly of the Florida punk band Discount, and drummer/guitarist/vocalist Hotel, aka Jamie Hince. After Discount ended in 2000, VV began exchanging tapes with the London-based Hotel through the mail, but both of them felt hindered by this method, so VV crossed the Atlantic so the duo could write faster. In spring of 2001, they issued a self-released demo that showcased their gritty, sexy sound and earned favorable reviews from such quarters as TapeOp Magazine. They also contributed a song, "Restaurant Blouse," to 5 Rue Christine's If the Twenty-First Century Did Not Exist It Would Be Necessary to Invent It compilation early in 2002, before their debut EP, Black Rooster, arrived that summer on Dim Mak.

Along with gigs at the London and Glasgow LadyFests and tour dates alongside Le Tigre, the Kills also toured the U.S. for eight weeks before returning to London to finish their first full-length album, Keep on Your Mean Side, which was released by Rough Trade in spring 2003. A second album, No Wow, arrived in 2005 and was an even dirtier, leaner collection of songs. The Kills retooled their sound for 2008's Midnight Boom, mixing more electronic beats and pop hooks into their punky bedrock.

While touring alongside the Raconteurs in support of Midnight Boom, Mosshart struck up a friendship with frontman Jack White, prompting the two to form a supergroup, the Dead Weather, in 2009. 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. The following year, the band released Dream & Drive, a collection of photographs taken by close friend and collaborator Kenneth Cappello, who also directed several of their videos. During the next few years, Mosshart moved to Nashville to pursue her visual art career as well as continue her work with the Dead Weather, while Hince suffered an injury to his left hand that required him to learn how to play guitar again after five surgeries. The duo recorded their fifth album at a rented house in Los Angeles, as well as New York City's Electric Lady Studios, with Hince co-producing with John O'Mahony. Ash & Ice, one of the band's most somber sets of songs, arrived in June 2016. ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Blood Pressures

1. Future Starts Slow

2. Satellite

3. Heart Is A Beating Drum

4. Nail In My Coffin

5. Wild Charms

6. Dna

7. Baby Says

8. The Last Goodbye

9. Damned If She Do

10. You Don't Own The Road

11. Pots And Pans

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Track List: No Wow (Explicit)

1. No Wow

2. Love Is A Deserter

3. Dead Road 7

4. The Good Ones

5. I Hate The Way You Love

7. At The Back Of The Shell

8. Sweet Cloud

9. Rodeo Town

10. Murdermile

11. Ticket Man

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Track List: Keep On Your Mean Side

3. Pull A U

4. Kissy Kissy

5. Fried My Little Brains

6. Hand

7. Hitched

8. Black Rooster

9. Wait

11. Monkey 23

12. Gypsy Death And You

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Track List: Ash & Ice

1. Doing It To Death

2. Heart Of A Dog

3. Hard Habit To Break

4. Bitter Fruit

5. Days Of Why And How

6. Let It Drop

7. Hum For Your Buzz

8. Siberian Nights

9. That Love

10. Impossible Tracks

11. Black Tar

12. Echo Home

13. Whirling Eye

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Track List: Black Balloon EP

1. Black Balloon

2. Weedkiller

3. Fourty Four

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Track List: Cheap And Cheerful / U.R.A. Fever

1. Cheap And Cheerful

2. U.R.A. Fever

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Track List: Cheap And Cheerful Remixes

1. Cheap And Cheerful (SebastiAn Remix)

2. Cheap And Cheerful (Fake Blood Remix)

3. Cheap And Cheerful (XXXChange Acid Edit)

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Track List: Doing It To Death (Single)

1. Doing It To Death

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Track List: Heart Of A Dog (Single)

2. Heart Of A Dog

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Track List: Keep On Your Mean Side (Deluxe Edition)

3. Pull A U

4. Kissy Kissy

5. Fried My Little Brains

7. Hitched

11. Monkey 23

12. Gypsy Death & You

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Track List: Live Session (ITunes Exclusive) EP

1. Sour Cherry (Live)

2. Pull A U (Acoustic) [Live]

3. Getting Down (Live)

4. Kissy Kissy (Acoustic) [Live]

5. Crazy (Live)

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Track List: Midnight Boom

1. U.R.A. Fever

2. Cheap And Cheerful

3. Tape Song

4. Getting Down

5. Last Day Of Magic

6. Hook And Line

7. Black Balloon

8. M.E.X.I.C.O.C.U.

9. Sour Cherry

10. Alphabet Pony

11. What New York Used To Be

12. Goodnight Bad Morning

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Track List: Night Train (Single)

1. Night Train

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Track List: Run Home Slow EP

1. The Good Ones (Radio Version)

2. The Good Ones (Jagz Kooner Mix)

3. Love Is A Deserter (Cavemen Mix)

4. Run Home Slow

5. Passion Is Accurate

6. Magazine

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Track List: The Last Goodbye - EP

1. The Last Goodbye

2. Pale Blue Eyes

3. One Silver Dollar

4. Crazy

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autostaff1
going to see them tomorrow night in Houston
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donnaklauser
seeing them tonight!..
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hehe_snake
One of the most underrated bands of today
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AGAIN, I LOVE THIS DUO!!!!!! Okay then....
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LOVE THIS BAND , DUO!!!!
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Their live shows are amazing. Check them on Youtube if you haven't seen them live. Hoping they'll put together a full tour soon. They'll be at Coachella in 2016, so I'm hoping that means they'll be at other festivals too.
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VV is beautiful. It's too bad she doesn't live in pictures. Chain smoker. Kissing her would be like kissing an a** tray. That's right, that's not a typo. Back in the 90s, as a teenager I dated a girl who smoked. And her mouth tasted like a**. Her a** tasted like mouth. So I gave up kissing her mouth.
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Go steal a heeeerr!
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On the edge of a dreammmm����
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Incredibly underrated and criminally overlooked. Not only do they pull of some incredible, goose bump inducing covers, they have also managed to pull off an incredibly relevant sound with a hard edged blues aesthetic. Hotel's technique on the guitar does not get the credit it deserves, which is a crying shame, as he could more than easily hold his own with Dan Auerbach and Jack White.
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bucketboy443 2
the best rock band in decades
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Allison has my heart
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Great song. I love it. It's cool.
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You've got to go steal a Ham? What?
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You got 2, you got 2!
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Love it!
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Time aint gonna cure you honey!
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Love the kills! Just listened to them for the first time today!
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you like this band, you will love my band Mountains of Teenage Girl Turds
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Just glad that The Dead Weather and The Kills can both be so good and have distinctivel y different sounds. Would be happy to see Alison/VV collaborate with Jack White on his next solo. She could become an honorary Peacock or something!
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Great band
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they are awesome live. saw them and was up front and almost no one was there! ( was years ago!)
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Was big time into The Kills about ten years ago...we rode in on the same dirty horse.
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jessesgirl72 4
The Kills = AMAZING!
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I don't understand how any fans of indie rock couldn't find this band's music appealing. Groups such as The Xx are more popular even though they have many similarities and it's mainly due to their electro-rhyt h m s , soft and beautiful whisper-sing i n g , and pop music qualities.
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Love the kills. I like the 98 degree comments.
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Addicted to The Kills have no problem with those that don't get it but I am completely obsessed!!!!
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Love em.
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floresjessic a 9 2 6
They're my favorite band. Love every song.
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im totally in love with VV
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Great under rated band around.....f u n live.
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Not even a little like Thowing Muses. Oh wait, both are female.
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randomemail5 1
Saw these guys live in SF in August!! It was great :)
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Don't be mean. I do see the similarities with Throwing Muses, but there is a pretty heavy distinction and they're both awesome. And Mosshart doesnt really sound like Hirsch
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I THOUGHT SINGER WAS KRISTEN HIRSCH OF THROWING MUSES.. WOW... WHAT A COPY CAT THIEF - GO LISTEN TO THE REAL THING = THROWING MUSES - THIS IS AMATEUR
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decal_12
That word supergroup is used way too liberally, these days...
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forget the killers! its all about THE KILLS!
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F**k. Yes. Unmistakably geniuses.
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I freaking love this band! they have an amazing sound.
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Alison might be the sexiest woman alive.
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thats cuz theyre f**king amazing.
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chloe.loves. s u s h i
Back when my family lived in Nashville, my mom was hanging out with Alison and Jamie at our house. Sadly, I was four and sleeping over at my grandparents ' house. I freaking love this band.
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sadakoserena
Genius.
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Some people should just stick to listening to 98 Degrees and Limp Bizkit.
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They must be a whole lot better in person because recorded they blow!!!! I can name several reasons why they're crappy but I'm gonna be nice.
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Saw em Saturday
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The new album is stellar.
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God I love them. They are great live in concert. Seeing then in NYC was Great!!!!!
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egyptiangang
the kills never fail!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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