The Kills at the Music Hall

December 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm (Uncategorized)

The Kills, Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, have been together for over a decade. During this time, they’re released four quite amazing albums. I’d seen the Kills three times already, and the music hall is a great venue. How could I not go to this one?

US Girls opened the show. Actually, Girls is a bit of a misnomer; it’s just Meg Remy who tours with a full band. Looking a lot like the cool aunt that Miley Cyrus stole her ideas from, Remy opened her set with the announcement she had just moved to Toronto and then began with a cover of Sloan’s “underwhelmed.” Throughout her forty minute set, interest built. By the final song, Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” the audience, including me, was won over to her noise. Check out her Bandcamp page.

Then the Kills. If you’ve heard the records, you know they’re a great band. But…it’s nothing compared to the stage show. True, the stage is minimal, just Hince and Mosshart, though these days accompanied by the Black Rooster Drum Corp. to add percussion, but they presence is something else. While Hince stands to one side still, Mosshart never stops moving. With her hair dyed blonde, but with the roots showing, Mosshart stalked the stage spitting out lyrics. For my money, the Kills are one of the best live bands working today.

Complaints? Only two. I was certain, given Lou Reed’s recent passing, that they would play “Pale Blue Eyes” as an encore. They didn’t. (If you haven’t heard this, seek it out – it’s sublime). Two, and this is a real complaint. On the last album, Blood Pressures, the band pulled in different directions – reggae, Hince singing etc, but after two years no new songs in the set. Great stuff to be sure, but, we’re all hoping for a new album (rumoured to be out in 2014 now).

Cheers.

Set List

1. Future Starts slow
2. Heart is a Beating Drum
3. Kissy Kissy
4. U.R. A. Fever
5. Satellite
6. DNA
7. Baby Says
8. Tape Song
9. Black Balloon
10. No wow
11. Pots and Pans
12. Monkey 23

Encore

1. The Last Goodbye
2. Last Day of Magic
3. Fried My Little Brains
4. Sour Cherry

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