The Kills + Butcher Holler + Radio VagoCity: Los Angeles
Venue: The Fold @ Silverlake Lounge
Q: What does 90-year-old pussy taste like?And that was the highlight of Butcher Holler's set. Now, a brief history on the night's headliners, The Kills. They're a duo who go by the names of VV (the woman) and Hotel (the guy). One's from England, the other's from the States (I forget which is which) and they decided to get together and make some music about a year ago. They wear dark colors. They don't have time for silly things like basses. They've got their guitars, which are tuned to sound like tin cans being thrown against broken glass, and a drum machine. And oh yeah, they have sunglasses clipped to their shirtfronts, you know, in case they should ever happen to go out in daylight. To tell you the truth, I hadn't expected much out of The Kills, which is probably why I wound up staggering out of the club trying to catch my breath. Their EP, which I got a week before, has exactly one tonsil-shredding, cut-your-heart-out-and-serve-it-on-a-plate tune in "Cat Claw". It's the kind of monstrosity that makes the White Stripes and Moldy Peaches sound like they're out for an afternoon stroll on Rodeo Drive. Sadly, the rest of the songs never quite live up to the scuzz-errific opening gambit, and instead come off like Elastica out late binge drinking with the Moldy Peaches. But my expectations received a full frontal assault on Thursday night. By the second song, The Kills are mock fucking onstage. Hotel is panting and VV is gasping, sweat is dripping from the bottoms of the guitars. But this isn't sex or, god forbid, making love . . . it's proper fucking. Any shred of doubt is promptly erased when they reach the chorus of the aforementioned "Cat Claw", which has VV begging, "I want it," while Hotel sinisterly responds: "Got it." The rapid-fire exchange instantly qualifies as the most sexually explicit moment this writer has ever witnessed without actually taking part. VV is expertly going through the motions, but it's unclear whether she's actually enjoying herself. She's certainly uncomfortable, as she performs the entire set with her bangs hanging in front of her face. But whether she's genuinely enjoying herself seems beside the point. This isn't music about feeling or emotions, but pure carnal desires. And both VV and Hotel appear to be experts on the subject. But perhaps the most welcome surprise of the evening of was the songs. Apparently The Kills forgot to put the best tracks on the EP because the standout tunes that I heard were all new to me. I guess all the more reason to have high hopes for the debut album. If their full-length even comes close to approaching the intensity and bare-knuckle brawn they displayed at The Fold, expect one of finest LPs of the nü-garage era.
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