The Kills: ‘We used to live in a dream’

The band open up about their new photography book

The Kills have opened up about the making of their new photography book in celebration of their ten years together.

The book, Dream And Drive, features photographs taken by Kenneth Cappello across the decade, documenting the duo on and off stage throughout their career. It will be released on August 16.

Speaking to NME about the book, singer and guitarist Jamie Hince explained that using Cappello was easier for the band: “It was the first time that we’d had someone around taking pictures where we weren’t embarrassed and it wasn’t intrusive,” he said. “Normally when someone’s doing that you just bat them away, whereas it was just like hanging out with a mate and him capturing these moments.”


Hince says compiling the book made him reminisce about the band’s career. “We were looking through all these contact sheets and before we knew it there were thousands and thousands of photos and it hit me how much of a dream we’d been living then. I don’t mean The Dream, I mean we were in a dream.” He added:

You remember the reality of some of these shows and then you see the pictures and realise we were playing to about 25 people. Yet somehow this magic would come, this faith that we were going to really do something.”

As well as releasing ‘Dream And Drive’, the band also celebrated their anniversary with a special commemorative show at New York’s Terminal 5 earlier this year, equipping the venue with five free photobooths for audience members to use.

Speaking to NME earlier this year, Alison Mosshart revealed that The Kills had already begun writing new material for a follow up to last year’s ‘Blood Pressures’. “We’ve been writing a lot on the road,” she said. “It feels like it could be the next thing – although I never know what the next thing’s going to be. We’ve got a whole bunch of new Kills songs written and ready to go, it’s just a case of heading into the studio.”

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