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Black Rooster - EP

The Kills

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Album Review

An impressive debut from a new duo from London, the Kills' Black Rooster EP opens up with a Sleater-Kinney-like rock number, "Cat Claw," that hits its mark. The next number, "Black Rooster," sounds a bit like the Velvet Underground and could be a completely different band. It's a pretty rollicking start for a new group. Both singers, the guy and girl team of VV and Hotel, have their own distinctive, stylish voice and they sound great together. Their music has a fair amount of sexiness and the listener will undoubtedly want to hear more. But there's only four songs here and the second two are fine, but don't live up to the potential of the first two. Who knows? This could be a great band. Certainly, from this EP alone, folks will want to check them out live. But their first full-length will likely give a more accurate picture of what they're about.

Biography

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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