The Kills’ Alison “VV” Mosshart
has called London home since crossing the pond in 2000 and forming the garage rock duo with bandmate Jamie “Hotel” Hince. But up until then, she considered herself something of a Detroiter — even if she never actually lived there.
“My family lives there — Troy, Royal Oak, all around,” explains Mosshart, 30, who was born and raised in Florida. “Both my parents were from there, and I spent all my Christmases and holidays there.
“I love Detroit. I love going there every season. I never liked Florida; it was too hot for me, and I rejected it in every way. I decided as a kid that Detroit was my home, and I couldn’t wait to get back there.”
Mosshart’s residence these days is the road, however. She and Hince are still touring to promote The Kills’ latest album, “Midnight Boom,” as well as a recent re-release of the duo’s 2003 debut album, “Keep On Your Mean Side,” which features five bonus tracks. Shortly after that wraps, she’ll be going back out with The Dead Weather, the “supergroup” she formed with Detroit native Jack White (White Stripes, The Raconteurs), Ferndale resident Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age, The Waxwings) and Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, the Greenhornes, Blanche).
But rather than divert her attention, Mosshart says The Dead Weather — whose debut album, “Horehound,” drops in June — has “made me feel really invigorated about coming back to The Kills.
“It’s a really different type of project — a lot more different people, you know? It’s a lot more live, a lot looser. It brings out more gears in me, that’s for sure. It feels like I’m learning a lot of things, so it’s been an inspiring experience so far, and it has and will allow me to come back to The Kills bounding with energy.”
The Kills, The Horrors and Magic Wands perform Friday (May 8) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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