Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Kills at The Metro 26/07/2011

Tonight's review will be a short one, but so was the concert.

Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart played their fuzzed-out garage punk with vim and vigour.
Alison was full of energy as she belted out the tracks and flung her hair as she commandeered the stage. 
She had the hair, the pipes, the looks and the moves.
She even picked up the guitar and drummed a few simple beats.
So far, so Rock n' Roll.

What killed it for me (Get it?) was the two slow tracks. 
One Silver Dollar was taken from Marilyn Monroe's 1954 film 'River of No Return' and the lullaby-waltz that was 'The Last Goodbye' on Blood Pressures. 
What were they thinking??
They had whipped the crowd into a dancing frenzy only to let it deflate and go limp.
About as sexy as a cold shower.

Several things are running through my mind:-
Does Alison need to showcase her Broadway chops?  The Kills is probably not the right platform.
They are The Kills after all, aren't they?
Are we in danger of losing this band to showtunes?

Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs has a parallel solo career and was last heard venturing into 'Psycho-Opera', while Ms Mosshart has successfully moonlighted on two of Jack White's The Dead Weather LPs.

One distinct difference between actors and singers: 
While actors inhabit their characters and portray their roles; singers sing from their heart and bare their souls.
Why do I require that my singers eat, breathe and live their art rather than play a part?
The very reason why Richey Edwards (Formerly of Manic Street Preachers) carved '4REAL' on his arm.
Otherwise, you're just a poser.

Minus slow tracks  7.8/10
With slow tracks    6.4/10

The Last Goodbye?   Perhaps.

This is how I'd like to remember them:


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