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The Kills Concert Review

Scott Newman
Scott Newman
Jamie "Hotel" Hince & Alison "VV" Mosshart aka The Kills

With so many quality acts gracing our shores at present, it would be hard to see every band or artist that you want to see.  I am so happy to have seen the indie rock duo the Kills play at Auckland's Transmission room with the excellent up and coming band Bionic Pixie.

"So, who are the Kills?" A lo-fi indie rock group that formed in 2000. The band members are Jamie Hince & Alison Mosshart. They have three albums/three extended plays released with the latest being Midnight Boom (2008)

There is a unique chemistry between the musicians Jamie and Alison which was quite apparent when watching them perform live. They have a special dynamic link to entertain the audience whilst having no drummer or bassist. They have an amazing sound and appeal. They are very original with a fun, experimental & often bluesy vibe.

The gig was on Thursday, March 26 at the Auckland underground venue. (Transmission Room) It is a few staircase levels underground, in fact there are no windows. Air conditioning and fans were a plenty to keep everyone cool.

The Auckland electro-hip hop/punk band Bionic Pixie played first. They have been gathering good support as one of the hottest local acts with regular gigs including opening for the likes of Peaches last year.  Zoe Fleury fronts the band backed by fellow musicians Aaron Short & Jordan Clark.  They played a very energetic set. Showing the audience a treat of new songs with a style that is all their own. Fashionable costumes and futuristic beats which got the attention of the crowd. I believe there is an EP due to come out this year and a lot more shows. A fresh & new sound with a dance/electronica base. This band will be playing a lot more shows and are well worth checking out.

The Kills played an awesome set featuring songs from all three albums. It was a packed house with little to no room to move with a crowd of all ages in attendance.  There were massive cheers for playing the songs cheap and cheerful, tape song, hook and line, no wow, black balloon and last day of magic. The duo has quite a lot of songs in their short history which come across very artfully and personal.

What impressed me most about the Kills show was the ability to play song after song displaying great vocal ranges for each song with exquisite timing.  They both expressed during the show much gratitude to the fans in the audience as you could feel that the two-piece were being well received and celebrated. These are just rewards of making interesting music like Bionic Pixie in a style of their own.

Both Jamie and Alison have a natural stage presence and alluring personalities.  They make it look so easy as they are both very talented. An inspiration to aspiring musicians for forming a connection with fans in their performances. Expressive through a combination of touring around the world and writing/recording then performing good new music.

If you are a fan of indie rock/electronica music. I recommend both these artists as well worth checking out. They both provide something special and are a little bit different from the rest.

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