New Video: Check Out The Kills Playful and Yet Badass Video for “Heart Of A Dog”



With the release of the first four critically  praised albums Keep On Your Mean Side, No Wow, Midnight Boom and Blood Pressures, the indie rock The Kills, comprised of Alison Mossheart, a former member of Florida-based punk band Discount and indie all-star act The Dead Weather (vocals), and Jamie Hince, best known as a member of British rock bands Fiji, Scarfo and Blyth Power, the duo which can trace their origins to when both members’ bands were in tour. As the story goes Mossheart heard Hince playing guitar in an upstairs apartment and was so impressed that they started playing around with some song ideas. Under the influence of Lauren Antonina Herbert, Mossheart and Hince continued to collaborate after Mossheart had returned to the States. Eventually Mossheart relocated to London to collaborate with Hince full-time and as an attempt to break away from their pasts, the members of the duo renamed themselves and came up with a band name.

Interestingly Mossheart and Hince have developed a growing international profile for a sound that’s been a departure from their previous projects — a scuzzy, lo-fi power chord and garage rock-based rock ‘n’ roll sound that’s been compared favorably to the likes of The White Stripes and others, despite the fact that the duo have publicly cited Captain Beefheart, PJ Harvey, LCD Soundsystem, The Velvet Underground, The Fall, Patti Smith, Suicide and Royal Trux as influences on their sound and aesthetic.

Ash and Ice is the duo’s fifth album and the first full-length effort in 5 years, and the album’s first single “Heart Of A Dog” has the duo pairing enormous boom bap drum programming, skittering beats, buzzing electronics and scorching guitar chords,  an anthemic hook and Mossheart’s bluesy, sleepless nights with cigarettes and whiskey soaked vocals in a swaggering and arena rock-friendly song that subtly channels Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and others — but with a raw, insistent and urgent carnality. In other words, the song evokes a sweaty and desperate physical need in a way that’s both dangerous and sexy.

The recently released music video for “Heart Of A Dog” was shot and produced by the band’s frequent collaborator and friend Sophie Muller and features the members of the duo being absolutely badasses but with a playful vibe as the video follows the duo goofing off in the middle of the songwriting processes and muscle cars. It’s fun and playful look into the world of a band that eschews music industry cliches as much as humanly possible.








The band adds: We are very very especially pleased to release our new music video for “Heart of A Dog!” It was shot all day and into the night in Los Angeles by our dear friend, the tremendous talent, Sophie Muller. We love this video. We love it because it’s fucking fun. Muscle cars and backflips. Palms trees and cacti. Dogs and dice. Neon and sunshine. We hope you love it as much as we do. VROOM VROOM. Love, The Kills. 
The Kills Tour Dates
April 19     Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
April 22     Indio, CA – Coachella (Sold Out)
May 1         Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg (SOLD OUT)
May 3         Paris, FR –  La Cigale (SOLD OUT)
May 4         London, UK – Village Underground (SOLD OUT)
May 13      Atlanta, GA –  Shaky Knees Festival
May 14      Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 15      Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 19      Boston, MA –  Paradise Rock Club
May 21      Toronto, ON –  Danforth Music Hall
May 22      Detroit, MI –  St Andrew’s Hall
May 23      Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
May 25      Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 26      Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
May 27      Denver, CO –  Ogden Theatre
May 28      Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
May 31      Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
June 1       Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
June 2       Portland, OR –  Roseland Theater
June 4       San Francisco, CA – Fox Theater
June 9 – 12 Newport, UK – Isle of Wight Festival
June 14     Clermont-Ferrand, France – La Cooperative De Mai
June 16     Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival
June 29     Euch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg –  The Rockhal
July 1        Marmande, France – Garorock Festival
July 2        Normandy, France – Festival Beauregard
July 3        Belfort, France – EUROKEENES
July 6        Kiev, Ukraine –  U-Park Festival
July 9        Moscow, Russia – Park Live Festival
July 14      Carhaix, France – Festival Les Vieilles Charrues
July 15      Benicassim, Spain – Benicassim

July 22      Byron Bay NSW, Australia – Splendour In The Grass

August 6    Katowice, Poland – Off Festival
August 7    Prague, Czech Republic – Roxy
August 8    Leipzig, Germany – Taubchenthal
August 9    Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
August 11  Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival
August 12  Stockholm, Sweden – Way Out West Festival
August 13  Helsinki, Finland  – Flow Festival
August 18  Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
August 20  St. Polen, Austria – Frequency Festival
September 29   Manchester, UK – Albert Hall*
September 30   Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC*
October 1   Leeds, UK – Beckett Students’ Union*
October 2   Nottingham, UK – Rock City*
October 4   Oxford, UK – O2 Academy 1*
October 5   Bristol, UK – Anson Rooms*
October 6   Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute 1*
October 7   London, UK – Roundhouse*
October 18  Paris, France – Olympia*
October 22  Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom*
October 23  Hamburg, Germany – Große Freiheit 36*
October 25  Cologne, Germany – E-Werk*
October 26  Munich, Germany – Tonhalle*
October 27  Zurich, Switzerland – Volkhaus*
October 29  Milan, Italy – Fabrique*
October 31  Lyon, France – Le Radient*
November 3 Lisbon, Portugal – Lisbon Coliseum*
November 8 Nantes, France – Le Stéréolux*
November 9  Brussels, Belgium – Arenbergschouwburg*

*on sale April 22nd at 10am local time