[LIVE REVIEW] The Kills @ Wonder Ballroom
It's no surprise that The Kills filled up The Wonder Ballroom this past Tuesday, even though they haven't released any new material since 2011. But let's not forget to give props to the show's opener, Baby in Vain. The Copenhagen, Denmark trio of ladies fit right in with the mood of the night. Their grittily raw and emotional sound was perfectly delivered by the threesome. Something about female delivered rock and roll really speaks to you.
Despite how amazing Baby in Vain was, there was no comparison to hearing a delightfully more raucous version of "U.R.A Fever" start up as Alison Mosshart strutted across the stage like it was Saturday Night Fever, driving the audience wild. The fan on stage left immediately became her best friend for the night as she would occasionally cat walk over to it and Willow Smith her hair in its wind. "U.R.A Fever" is a great song, in part due to the calling out Mosshart and Hince's vocals do to one another. Although, it seemed like Hince's mic was turned off or just incredibly low, making the song somewhat lack its luster. Following up was "Future Starts Slow," which was still missing Hince's vocal piece.
A color changing leopard print backdrop and the two robotically synchronized drummers slowly playing behind them set the scene as they rawked through Blood Pressure's "DNA" all the way to Midnight Boom's "Last Day of Magic." Once "Monkey 23" began, we all thought the show was coming to a close. It didn't take much convincing to get the Kills to come back for an encore. It wasn't a single or a double encore, but a triple! The crowd was blessed with fuzzy cries of "No Wow," the twangs of "Sour Cherry" and the beautifully slow "Last Goodbye."
The crowd cheered and clamored as they bowed and said their thank you's. Alison's full fledged badass-ness and Jamie's British stoicism were a wonder disparity for their perfected stage presence. At times, it did seem like their performance was prerecorded, but obviously because their years of playing together have got them sounding that good. According to an interview Mosshart did with Nashville Scene, the band is working on a new album unlike any they've ever released before, as Hince is exploring reggae and dubstep for inspiration. Surely this will only make their sets even more entertaining and lively.
Words by Cervante Pope, photos by Drew Bandy.
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