Step Into The Unknown With The Kills

We’ve spent 10 years loving THE KILLS. 10 long and beautiful years. And Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince show no signs of letting us down. Heck, they’ll probably just make us love them more. How could they do that? (Apart from releasing another album…)

Answer: By continuing to release pretty videos for the fanboys and fangirls out there to drool over. Hince may be officially taken (for now, Kate Moss, for now) but as far as we’re aware, Mosshart is not. Line up, boys.

Earlier this year they released a sweet clip for ‘The Last Goodbye’, a single from their 2011 release, Blood Pressures. Check it out HERE. And now, to further celebrate 10 years playing their signature grungey tunes, they’ve uploaded a mini-documentary, Into the Unknown, directed by Giorgio Testi (he’s also directed documentaries for Blur, amongst others). It follows the band before they take the stage at London’s Brixton Academy in March 2011.

There’s something very raw about the video. It fits perfectly with their style of music, wherein they often utilise heavy sexy bass combined with the simultaneously beautiful and passionate vocals of Mosshart. The track chosen to accompany the documentary, ‘Pots and Pans’ works well with the overall contemplative mood of the piece, after all “these are the days that we’ll never forget.” We become witnesses to the pair’s pre-show rituals, including for Mosshart a vodka diet red-bull (“the grossest drink on earth”) and excessive time spent psyching themselves up in front of the mirror. This is interspersed with shots of the band live. At the same time, we hear the musings of Hince and Mosshart about the live experience- it’s “like being shot out of a cannon.” The documentary overall really gives you an interesting insight into what goes on behind-the-scenes before a show as well as a glimpse at a more personal side of the band.

Not unlike their clip for ‘The Last Goodbye,’ Into the Unknown is beautifully and simply shot. It’s a testament both to Testi’s skill with music cinematography, and to the obvious talent of The Kills.

Why don’t you take a look yourself?

Words by Hannah Story

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