5th October | Anson Rooms | Photos by Laure Noverraz
Drenched in blinking blue lights, Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince strut onstage and spring into motion. Just a minute into the brooding ‘Heart of a Dog’, Mosshart’s hoarse vocal compliments the dramatic singular guitar shreds. The band have a real knack for hooking a crowd, with Mosshart possessing a raw and uncompromising charm.
This is ever more clear once ‘Hard Habit to Break’ proves to be the swan song that gets people down, up, left and right. Mosshart has an undeniable presence and she knows it well, prowling around the stage and pawing at the crowd like it’s the performance of her career during ‘Impossible Tracks’. And the winning streak continues through the moody melancholy of ‘Black Balloon’ showing the pair have a visible pride of their music little seen. Mosshart and Hince seem self-assured, but not cocky. The epic throbbing riff of ‘Doing It to Death’ is the highlight where slamming her fingers up to us she delves into the bluesy rock stormier.
The taut drums of ‘Echo Home’ blend perfectly with Mossharts seductive call of “won’t you come on home”. It’s at this point Hince and Mosshart look at each other from different sides of the stage as if a million miles apart but know they’ve nailed it. And for bands starting out, ‘Whirling Eye’ is a masterclass on how to really own a stage.
Watch and learn as Mosshart twirls, backs up, flicks her hands, contorts her face. All denim and black and red she inhabits an air of drama that comes to her as she goes without feeling forced. Not to discredit Hince that is. Despite a recent tendon transplant that gave him no option but to relearn the guitar, his stellar instrumental delivery remains, playing a pivotal part in the fire that keeps The Kills burning onstage.
The demand for an encore brings the Mosshart led acoustic ballad ‘That Love’ sounding relatively more low key than the entire show, providing a little pause. Thankfully Hince saunters back with a drink, ready to head into the thrilling ‘Siberian Nights’ and ‘Let It Drop’ which ended all too quickly. The cherry on top is none other than the raging ‘Sour Cherry’ that brings us the all too relevant lyric “go go home it’s over”. Don’t mistake this as a hasty retreat, The Kills are far from over.
Check out ‘Doing It To Death’ below: