The Kills Seduce Terminal 5 on Friday NightSeptember 26th, 2016
The Kills – Terminal 5 – September 23, 2016
If sexy garage punk were to become its own genre, the Kills would be the ambassador. The duo formed nearly 15 years ago, and while their dark and broody style remains the same, their sound is ever evolving, as the sold-out crowd at Terminal 5 learned on Friday night. The show began with the heavy “Heart of a Dog,” off their fifth full-length, this year’s Ash & Ice, but the set list included a mix of songs from previous albums, like “U.R.A. Fever,” “Baby Says” and “Siberian Nights.”
The backdrop of a volcano and palm trees complemented the Kills’ dynamic, fiery performance. Alison Mosshart was a force to be reckoned with, thrashing across the stage and switching instruments in between songs. And Jamie Hince’s composed, laid-back guitar playing perfectly balanced her wildness. Throughout the set, their refreshing chemistry was obvious with smiles across the stage as they each played and sang.
There were several moments that induced goose bumps, especially during “Heart of a Dog” when Mosshart belted out, “I’m loyal/ I got the heart of a dog.” The Kills have a strong stage presence with a never-ending energy, and their devil-may-care attitude adds a special something to the gritty, sultry post-blues punk sound. They certainly know how to seduce a crowd. —Karen Silva | @ClassicKaren