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Surprisingly, you have to dig to find a distorted guitar on Midnight Boom, the new album by duo The Kills who have built their career on fuzzy guitars and bluesy, brash, and sexy song constructs. Influenced by early electronic-punk artists such as Suicide and Cabaret Voltaire, as well as "playground songs" from a 1960s documentary about inner city American kids, vocalist Alison Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hince set about creating a sleeker, more sophisticated sound on their third album, without losing their famous patina of sexual menace. “Cheap and Cheerful,” the first single, does a superb job of melding this new, shiny, electro-clash sound with The Kill’s trademark naughty attitude. Fans reluctant to follow the duo down their new path might warm up to the idea with “URA Fever,” or bonus track “Night Train,” both of which come close to the original Kills sound, with slow grinds and gritty guitars; then, try “Hook and Line” or “M.E.X.I.C.O” for an aggressive guitar-rock fix. Progressing to the bubbly “Getting Down” or the frisky “Alphabet Pony” will be easy and natural, and the Velvet Underground coloring of  “Goodnight Bad Morning” brings it all full circle ... you will see the light.

Customer Reviews

midnight boom

the kills are so friggen cool. i cant get over them.

The Exception

The Kills are one of those rare artists whose sound and style evolve without "selling out". They stay true to their art without compromise and will hopefully, continue to do so. Midnight Boom is solid from start to finish with the signature non-conformist "underground" flavour that keeps fans coming back and critics lauding their efforts.


this album is amazing. buy it!


Formed: 1998 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The bluesy punk duo the Kills consist of vocalist/guitarist VV, aka Alison Mosshart, formerly of the Florida punk band Discount, and drummer/guitarist/vocalist Hotel, aka Jamie Hince. After Discount ended in 2000, VV began exchanging tapes with the London-based Hotel through the mail, but both of them felt hindered by this method, so VV crossed the Atlantic so the duo could write faster. In spring of 2001, they issued a self-released demo that showcased their gritty, sexy sound and earned favorable...
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