The Kills (photo: Ian Young)
Review by Estefany Gonzalez
Fierce female artists are rare outside of pop or country music. Sure, there’s Joan Jett and other iconic women — but the amount is low in comparison to the number of male Rock n’ Roll stars.
L.A. Witch, a three-piece all girl band, kicked off the night. The band’s sound consist of dark guitar riffs and a hint of ’90s grunge.
Alison Mosshart of The Kills continued the trend with her vocals and rock star swagger. She was bending backwards and head-banging to the music so hard her sound monitor fell out of her ear mid-song. Her counterpart, Jamie Hince, stood strong in a lineup of powerful women. He blew kisses at the crowd and used a mic stand as a guitar slide. The duo said few words during their set, but the music said it all.
The band played a wide range songs. The setlist included “Kissy Kissy” off Keep On Your Mean Side and “Doing it To Death” off the newest album Ash & Ice, released only one day before the show.
The biggest crowd pleasers were “Black Balloon” and “Sour Cherry” off Midnight Boom, which had audience members chanting lyrics.
Seeing The Kills live offers a different experience than listening to the bands recordings. Added musicians gave each song an extra spark of energy and left audience members lingering for a second encore.