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The Kills






Hometown: London (UK)

About:

The Kills are a garage rock band formed by American vocalist Alison "VV" Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie "Hotel" Hince.

Mosshart had been in Floridian punk rockers Discount and Hince in British rock bands Scarfo and before that Blyth Power. When the former groups disbanded, the duo, who first met when Mosshart heard Hince practicing in the hotel room above hers, struck up a songwriting partnership. For months, the pair air mailed work tapes across the Atlantic; after this proved to test the patience of both artists, as it took days or weeks to get each others tapes, Mosshart upped sticks from her Florida home to fly to London. Wanting to cut themselves off from their pasts, Mosshart and Hince considered their new project to be Year Zero in their careers, so they renamed themselves VV and Hotel respectively and began writing sparse, minimalist songs together with the aid of a drum machine. In 2001 they showcased their new songs on a well received demo tape. In true punk rock fashion, however, the pair shunned approaches from major record labels. Recording as VV and Hotel, they contributed the song "Restaurant Blouse" to the compilation If the Twenty-First Century Did Not Exist, It Would Be Necessary to Invent It. Shortly after this they recorded their debut release, the Black Rooster EP, which saw release on British indie label Domino Records and was picked up for distribution by Dim Mak Records in the United States.

Related Bands

The Dead Weather, Discount

Reviews

The Kills Blood Pressures

The Kills

Blood Pressures (2011)

Domino

The Kills / The Horrors live in Philadelphia

The Kills / The Horrors

live in Philadelphia (2009)

live show

The Kills Midnight Boom

The Kills

Midnight Boom (2008)

Domnio

The Kills Black Rooster

The Kills

Black Rooster (2002)

Dim Mak

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April 27, 2011
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February 01, 2011
Media: Coachella books like, a million bands
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January 19, 2011
Tours: The Dead Weather
The Dead Weather, which features Jack White (The White Stripes) and Allison Mosshart (The Kills, Discount, have announced a month of tour dates in July. You can click Read More for the…
May 04, 2010
Videos: The Dead Weather: "Die by the Drop"
The Dead Weather, which features Jack White (The White Stripes) and Allison Mosshart (The Kills, Discount), have posted a free download of the first video from their upcoming sophomore album, Sea of Cowards, due out May 11, 2010. Check it out via…
April 06, 2010
Tours: The Dead Weather / The Ettes
The Dead Weather, which features Jack White (The White Stripes) and Allison Mosshart (The Kills, Discount), have announced Spring tour dates with support from power-pop/punk rock act The Ettes. The band has also posted a teaser poster hinting at the upcoming release of their second…
March 23, 2010
Videos: Dead Weather: "Treat Me Like Your Mother"
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July 13, 2009
Videos: PETA2 launches "Sexiest Musicians" poll
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