The Kills have spoken about their memories of their first ever live show, which took place exactly 10 years ago on February 14 2002.
The band, who released their fourth album ‘Blood Pressures’ last year, played the 12 Bar in London under the name of VV & Hotel, with singer Alison Mosshart describing the show as the “most scary and exciting night of her life”.
Speaking to NME about the show, Mosshart said: “We’d been playing music together for a little while but we didn’t have a band name or anything recorded. It was at the turning point where we decided we’d make the band just the two of us. We thought we’d see what it sounded like, whether it worked or not. It was terrifying.”
She continued: “We had the tiniest stage in the tiniest room, we barely had any room for our amps and we just played 5 songs. It seemed like it was over in a flash, I’ve never been so nervous I felt sick all day. It was the most exciting thing ever, because it worked.”
The singer also spoke about the video for the band’s new track ‘The Last Goodbye’, which has been directed by actress Samantha Morton. You can see the video by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.
Asked about the video, she said: “Sam Morton did such a great job. I really liked the photobooth idea – it’s a photographic artform I’ve always liked. To make that moving was a really interesting idea. I like the idea of being trapped in a box like that. We’re a two piece band – so we dig simple ideas.”
Mosshart also spoke about the band’s plans for their new studio album and revealed that they have been busy writing new material during their tours in support of ‘Blood Pressures’.
Asked if a new album could be expected this year, Mosshart replied: “This year might be pushing it as we’ll be touring right up to the summer and there’s a load of festivals we missed out last year that we’d like to do this year.”
She continued: “But we’ve been writing a lot on the road. 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.”