The Kills – “Live At Electric Lady Studios” (2018)

I was thinking to myself the other day, “You know, it’s kind of weird that I’m so into The Kills”. And then I thought about it some more and recognized that, huh, Alison Mosshart is an insanely sultry stage-stalking vocal powerhouse and that Jamie Hince plays the filthiest, dirtiest blues guitar on the planet and I was like, “oh yeah, it’s because they’re amazing”. Duh.

If The Kills keep putting out stuff on Record Store Day, I’m going to keep buying it. Last year it was the Echo Home Non-Electric 10″, and this year it was Live At Electric Lady Studios. Next year it could be Alison and Jamie Do Burt Bacharach’s Greatest Hits and I can guarantee you I’d be in line early, hoping Easy Street has enough copies so I can get one. TV Theme Songs With Jamie and Alison? Sign me up. I’d listen to those two doing Gregorian chants. As Alison would say, “You’re a hard, hard, hard habit to break…” If you’ve ever seen them live, then you’ll know exactly what I mean.

Live At Electric Lady Studios is a touch better than Live At Third Man Records, if for no other reason than The Kills’ new material is insanely good. If I close my eyes while listening to it I can see Mosshart prowling across the stage wearing a leopard-print-something-or-other while Jamie oozes cool with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth and grinding out some of the grimiest chords to ever come off a six-string. Sure, that could be the half-empty glass of whiskey next to me talking (and let’s not talk about that wine we had with dinner…). But it doesn’t mean it isn’t true. The Kills are the perfect symbiotic relationship between singer and guitarist, one that appears in the night sky like some kind of once-in-a-generational planetary alignment, but better because its sonic output has continued for 15 years. Listen to “Doing It To Death” and tell me I’m wrong. You may just get a punch in the face from me, so caveat emptor.