Out and About: The Kills
  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 09, 2011

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

Last night, Terminal 5 was blown apart by The Kills, the guitar/vocal power-duo consisting of Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart (The Dead Weather). The pair melted faces while tearing through their back catalog, occasionally treating the audience to a cut off their most recent Blood Pressures, and just generally wrecking havoc on ear canals with nothing but Hince's guitar and Mosshart voice (and a little background noise). Terminal 5 was shaking.

Opener Pains Of Being Pure At Heart were quaint, but seemed oddly mismatched for the aggressive riffs of The Kills (POBPAH tends to be a little more user-friendly). In case you missed the epic ear assault, or the heart-on-a-sleeve shoegaze, you can check out a bit of both via Baeble blasts from the past (see links below). After POBPAH left the stage, resident poet BP Fallon came out to deliver one of his infamous pre-show spoken-word pieces, which I'm sure left many a bro slightly more dazed and confused than they were before. Coming to a Kills concert and expecting Mosshart to rip your face off does not prepare you for shoegaze and poetic rambles, that's for sure.

But in the end, Hince and Mosshart won the night with their chemistry, which despite Mosshart's tornado-head tendancies and freakish howls, is very amicable. In stark contrast to my last Dead Weather experience (where Mosshart punched Jack White in the face), the two shared a few friendly whispers before the set began, and Mosshart planted one on Hince's cheek at one point. Hince even dedicated a song to his wife, a touching moment that only added to the energy of the frenetic set.

Missed the acion? Watch The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart at Music Hall Of Williamsburg, and The Kills at Antone's during SXSW a few years ago.
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