This week's Friday Feature is The Kills, an indie rock duo from the UK and USA. Listening to The Kills is like listening to a masterclass in creating the perfect grungy sound. Vocalist Alison Mosshart (aka VV) growls menacing lyrics without ever overstepping into the realm of plain ol' screaming. Guitarist and sometimes also vocalist Jamie Hince (aka Hotel) rides the distortion pedal like he invented, playing snarly, grumbly, bluesy chord after snarly, grumbly, bluesy chord without it ever sounding tired. It's moody music. It's that brooding stranger drinking alone in the corner of the bar who you know you SHOULD leave alone...but probably won't.
Alison was previously in American punk band Discount and Jamie was in the British rock bands Fiji, Scarfo and Blyth Power. The Kills have made four albums; Keep on Your Mean Side, No Wow, Midnight Boom and Blood Pressures.
"Monkey 23" was used in Jacques Audiard's film De battre mon cœur s'est arrêté. "Wait" was used in Children of Men. "Cat Claw" and "Wait" were both used in Criminal Minds episode "Doubt".
"Sour Cherry" in both the trailers for Gossip Girl and Footloose. "Cheap and Cheerful" was used in House, on the NHL 09 soundtrack and in the advert for perfume Fan di Fendi. "U.R.A. Fever" has appeared in the movies The Losers, Welcome to the Rileys, Catch .44 and Detention. "Night Train" appeared in the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th.
"Black Balloon" has featured on The Good Wife whilst "Future Starts Slow" has appeared on True Blood, Contraband, The Vampire Diaries and Political Animals.
Featured Song: Satellite
Where can I hear more?
No free songs at the moment however they usually share a few each time they release a new album.
What is their website?
Next week: I thought we'd spend the rest of February's Friday Features exploring three indie comics I think all female graphic novel fans should give a try!