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Interview:
The Kills are looking for their next challenge
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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It's been 15 years since Jamie "Hotel" Hince and Florida expatriate Alison "VV" Mosshart formed the Kills in London. And that time has flown for at least the American half of the garage rock duo.

"If you think about 15 years of anything being that long, it doesn't seem real, actually. I guess that's a lot," Mosshart, 36, says by phone from Seattle. "That's such a hard question to answer. Every single day feels like a brand new challenge, every record is harder than the one before, every gig is completely nerve-wracking and scary.

"That's why I love it. If it became commonplace and easy and there were no more nerves involved and we weren't pushing ourselves endlessly, then I think it would be over by now. It doesn't get old and it doesn't get easy. It's always challenging in the best possible way."

Mosshart and Hince have six albums as The Kills, and three before that under the name Discount. They're working on a new album now to follow 2011's "Blood Pressure" -- a long gap, but one that Mosshart says speaks directly to the struggle of keeping things fresh.

"It definitely is a challenge to kind of push ourselves and come up with new sounds and new ideas for a record," Mosshart explains. "I can't really describe it right now. I'm too close to it. And in a way it doesn't matter what it wounds like right now, 'cause it won't sound like that later. We've been doing it in bits and pieces here and there; after this tour we really want to get in and figure it out."

We'll get another dose of Mosshart, meanwhile, with the September release of "Dodge & Burn" from the Dead Weather, the group she's in with Detroiters Jack White and Dean Fertita. Unlike the Kills' more exacting methods, Mosshart says "Dodge & Burn" "just happened" during sessions in Nashville between 2012 and this year. "We've all have our own other things we do," she says, "so getting us all in the studio at one time is the rarest thing in the world. But when we go in it takes absolutely no time. We just write and record at the same time and get it done. It jsut falls out of the sky or something."

The Kills, the Erers and Baby in Vain

Saturday, Aug. 1. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

Tickets are $35.

Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.


Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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