The Kills

“Blood Pressures” (Domino)

ジェイミー・ヒンスとアリソン・モシャートによるロンドンベースのデュオ THE KILLS 4作目のアルバムから。THE KILLSだけのギターロックが復活。

This London-based duo has brought distorted guitars, minimalist instrumentation and stripped-down rhythms back into fashion. With each successive album American singer Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince just keep getting better, and Blood Pressures is tangible proof of that.


At the end of the 1990s, Alison Mosshart was passing through London as the singer with Florida punks Discount when she ran into Englishman Jamie Hince, who had played guitar with indie groups Blyth Power and Scarfo. In 2000 Mosshart opted to settle in England and join forces with Hince. Fascinated by Florence Rey and Audry Maupin, the young French couple who made headlines by engaging in a shoot-out right in the middle of Paris in 1994, they adopted the name The Kills.

The Kills were snapped up by the English label Domino Records and put out the lo-fi Black Rooster EP. Soon the duo began to make waves, appearing in clubs around East London and supporting Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Primal Scream. Their first two albums, Keep On Your Mean Side (April 2003) and No Wow (February 2005) were extremely well received by the press, with No Wow even yielding a minor UK hit in “The Good Ones”. They were invited to contribute to the tribute album Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited, for which they recorded “La Chanson de Slogan” under the English title “I Call It Art”. The third album by The Kills, Midnight Boom, came out on 10 March 2008. Three years later – Alison Mosshart having spent quite a bit of the intervening time with alt-rock supergroup The Dead Weather – The Kills were back with a fourth album of dirty rock and primitive blues: Blood Pressures, released on 4 April 2011.

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