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If that's the way you feel...
on 12 March 2003
I first heard about the kills a few months ago, mere murmurs on the grapevine... "better than the Stripes" they said "blues rock" and "the saviours of" mentioned in the same sentences.
Of course, I was sceptical.
Then, a few tracks started appearing for download. An EP was sneak-released, and I missed it. Black Rooster winged its way to my harddrive, alongside "Gum".
By all rights, I should be here to tell you how awful the Kills are. In some ways they're everything I'm against. Repetitive songs, which sound similar to each other, simple guitar parts, a name with "the" in the title - the only exceptions to the rule that these things were bad had so far been the White Stripes.
But there's something about them... something behind those fishhook-in-your-mind riffs, something in the voices, something in the air... je ne sais quoi.
"Keep on your mean side" is possibly the best, most consistent debut I've heard since "Gish" by the Smashing Pumpkins, or "Little Earthquakes" by Tori Amos. Put simply, The Kills write great songs. Their riffs are catchy, soulful, and full of the backbone that defines blues-rock. Their lyrics are simple, yet thoughtful, and full of feeling.
Stand out tracks include "Gypsy death and you" "Wait" "Fried my little brains", "Hitched" and "Cat Claw"
God, it's just too hard to explain. Put simply, if you like The White Stripes, The Gossip, or any music with a bit of dark, laid back groove to it, mixed up with heroin-chic aesthetics and a rocknroll heart, you'll love The Kills.