The Kills EXPRESS LIVE! Columbus, OH April 9, 2016

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The songs we heard but didn’t know were the ones that drove us mad.

The ones we did set a match to our hearts and heads, and we were all too happy to burn from the inside out through every single note.

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On a Saturday night so bitterly cold, inside on the EXPRESS LIVE stage, The Kills performed fan favorites, KIlls classics, and four (Count them! Four!) previews of the forthcoming Ash & Ice to the filled to the brim, Sold Out crowd.

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The Kills are less a band of two people and more of a specialized outfit made up of two highly adept indie rock blues assassins.

Sexy and sinister. Dark and dangerous.

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Whether with the pick strike of metal guitar strings or the spoke-sung strings of enigmatic lyrics, the duo of Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart always hit their mark and always get the job done.

One song levels the place with sonic destructive force, another sneaks up behind you and holds a knife to your throat, while others attack straight on and incapacitate you.

Such violent acts are seldom this welcome.

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And yet, from the simplest palm-muted riff of opener, “No Wow” to the freight train clatter boogie of encore closer, “Sour Cherry,” Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart of The Kills provided an airtight argument for deadly cool rock n roll.

Setlist:
No Wow
U R A Fever
Kissy Kissy
Doing it to Death
Heart of a Dog
(Unknown New)
Black Balloon
(Unknown New)
Baby Says
Hard Habit to Break
Pots and Pans
Monkey 23

Encore:
Tape Song
Sour Cherry

The Kills are on tour now and Ash & Ice drops June 3, 2016

All pics by Harry Costa >

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