The Kills are a rare marvel. The duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince are one of the few acts to last this long beyond the cooler than cool 'heroin chic' era of the late 90s early 00's, when everyone wanted to look like Kate Moss (Hince's ex wife) or Alison Mosshart. This gig in the nostalgic innards of the Powerstation was my first live experience of The Kills and my first impression was that they were surprisingly joyful. Alison was almost effervescent; extremely engaging and Jamie was clearly enjoying the crowd. It felt a bit like they were all smiles running their victory lap.
To set the visual scene, Alison and her wild candy floss coloured hair somehow appeared to be in multiple locations on stage at any given time. Jamie held the space to the left of the stage and it was amazing there was any left considering he had no less than eight guitars and a guitar tech. The drummer and synth/bassist were buried toward the back of the stage and it really seemed as though they were merely the hired help, which was a shame as they were both incredible musicians and the performance would have benefitted from more interaction with them.
The third song Kissy Kissy was a nice breather after the hard hitting, high energy intro and the first time Alison played her sticker laden guitar. Next up was crowd favourite Black Balloon which was a driving rock ballad and I began to appreciate the craftsmanship with which The Kills took their audience on an emotional journey. Through hard, reactive reckless worlds to soft, vulnerable reflective ones.
The most successful single off their new album Doing It To Death was very sultry and sexy with electronic rhythms undulating throughout. It was definitely a crowd-pleaser which is always testimony to a truly great band when people are singing along to the most recent work, rather than becoming animated only when songs from the first album or two are played.
My favourite Kills album to date is Blood Pressures and it was great to enjoy DNA as well as Baby Says from that album. The latter was a magical performance and many times throughout Jamie and Alison sang to each other, shared secret smiles and lit up the stage with a mutual understanding that no-one else could grasp.
This show made me remember how much I love good ol' dirty rock and roll and how enjoyable it is to watch magnetic people do what they do best. Siberian Nights was the highlight of the encore for me. It was a nice discovery from their latest album Ash & Ice. It would have been a treat to hear my favourite song The Heart Is A Beating Drum but it's understandable after 15 years and 5 albums that they can't please everyone all the time (not that they're trying).
Breakthrough LA-based artist Lauv today reveals he will embark on his debut Australian and New Zealand tour in March next year, performing in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne before playing Auckland’s Powerstation on Monday 19th March.
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
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The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
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Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
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