thekills post [Exclusive Interview] The Kills Kill Time At The 2011 Coachella House

The Kills (Photo: Alex Rauch)

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This isn’t [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Kills[/lastfm]’ first time at the rodeo. In fact it was their third time performing at Coachella.  

[pullquote quote=”It’s pretty crazy performing outdoors and seeing all those people.” credit=”Jamie Hince on performing at Coachella”]

This time around, they did it right, despite the heat, performing to a packed stage underneath the glistening moonlight, and hashed it all over when they came by our Coachella House.

Kills members [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jamie Hince[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alison Mosshart[/lastfm] joined L.A. radio host Kurt St. Thomas in the 2011 Coachella House after performing on Night Two under a perfectly full moon in what Jamie called “the brutal, boiling heat.”

Despite the insanely high temperatures, The Kills caught some of their favorite bands, including Wire, before performing.  Jamie told Kurt that it never gets old, seeing the crowd as they perform underneath a perfect full moon, saying:

It’s pretty crazy performing outdoors and seeing all those people. 

Blood Pressure, The Kills’ fourth album, came out earlier this year. The band’s sound has evolved over the years; Kurt pointed out that the sound on the first couple of albums has been described as lo-fi, but on Blood Pressure, things are a little different.  Jamie commented:

There a lot of things that came together that we didn’t plan.  It’s our fourth record and we’ve been doing this for nearly a decade.

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(Photo: Alex Rauch)

For people who don’t really know you guys, you have such a weird and interesting story on how you met and how the band started.

“It was a happy accident, I guess,”  Alison explained.  She was staying in London, and Jamie’s flat was upstairs from her; she would just stick around doing what she could to meet Jamie.

Jamie joked that it was stalking, but Kurt corrected him, saying how terrible it must have been to be pursued by a beautiful woman.

The band essentially came into fruition from parcel post. When Alison returned to the United States, she and Jamie would write  letters to one another to stay in touch.

Jamie said, “After a while, the letters turned into packages.”  In the packages where the burgeoning creative juices including lyrics and artwork that would become [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Kills[/lastfm].

We’d love to start corresponding with Alison & Jamie as well. But for now, conversations like this will do.

See more stories, photos, and videos from Coachella 2011!


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