Legendary blues-punk duo The Kills, kicked off their string of summer dates in Nashville with a packed Friday night show at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville on May 30. As always, long-time musical partners Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart's trademark sexy chemistry had the audience transfixed through their hour and a half set.
The Kills haven't released an album since 2011's critically acclaimed Blood Pressures, and though Mosshart recently promised Nashville Scene magazine that the pair are hard at work on their next record, no new material was unveiled at the Cannery show. The set list was composed mostly of favorites from Blood Pressures and 2008's Midnight Boom, but included cuts from all four of the band's records.
They opened with 'URA Fever,' perhaps their most recognizable song and the closest thing the Kills have ever had to a “hit.” Some deep cuts were included also for those fans that know Mosshart and Hince from when they were still going by the nicknames “VV” and “Hotel,” like “Monkey 23” from their 2003 debut Keep On Your Mean Side.
Mosshart worked the signature sexy swagger that makes her one of the most charismatic and badass frontmen in rock and roll. That's right, front MEN. Mosshart is too talented a performer to be relegated to some “women in rock”sphere, as she can show up anyone male or female at keeping an audience's attention. She does little more than shyly mutter “thank you” and spit on the floor between songs, but during them her spazzy dance moves, scary stares, and throaty growl bring to mind a mix between Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger, and Patti Smith.
Hince can't match his musical soulmate in charisma, but he is an incredibly unique and underrated guitarist who along with a drum machine must provide the entire musical foundation over which Mosshart sings. The two have been musical partners for over a decade now and the love between them is palpable in every performance they give as they sing into the same microphone, kiss on the cheek, and watch each other perform with complete and utter admiration.