I worked at record shops throughout my teenage years. I remember grabbing promo CDs that sparked my interest. Some of them had awesome cover art and other ones had awesome band name or album names. I rarely had any clue what I was grabbing but it was free music and I loved adding to my ridiculous CD collection (7,834 CDs strong!). In 2003, The Kills released “Keep On Your Mean Side”. That CD popped up in the promo pile at work and I snagged it up. I had no clue what it was going to sound like but a band name of “The Kills” with an album called “Keep On Your Mean Side” was sure to piss my parents off a little bit.
The album sat on my shelf for a few years due to the shear amount of music I was collecting and the little amount of free time that I had to actually sit and listen to stuff. When I finally did listen to the album, I was blown away. It was dark but it was punk. It had a bluesy edge to it and just enough sexiness to make it interesting. There was a female singer and typically I hate that but there’s something about how her voice meshes with everything else going on. “Keep On Your Mean Side” was nothing short of perfection and I have always dreamt of being able to see The Kills live.
Sure, they’ve come to Minneapolis before, it actually seems like they come here every year to play First Avenue, but each time they’ve played, I’ve had something else come up. I was super close to going to their show last year but it was on my birthday and after a couple margaritas at dinner, there was no way I was driving all the way downtown. I was bummed but really didn’t feel like I had missed much since I wasn’t a die hard fan or anything. After seeing The Kills last night, I came to the grave realization that I had missed an absolutely amazing and flawless show and will never miss a chance to see The Kills live again.
From the second the duo (joined by two other backing members that covered the drums, keyboard, and some miscellaneous guitar work) took the stage, there was an energy radiating off the stage unlike anything I had ever felt before. I talk about how important it is that bands be energetic and get people moving and feeling something, The Kills is the best example of a band that does this with, what seems to be, no effort.
The female singer stormed across the stage with so much attitude that you almost had to take a step back. She is a tall, slender, drop dead gorgeous woman with such an amazing set a pipes on her that she almost seemed too good to be true. She was mesmerizing to watch as she moved to the music. She had the crowd completely captivated by her movements and her gorgeous voice. There were a few brief moments where she would go to the back of the stage for a sip of water or to sit for a minute but even then, I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Her presence was just something that you can not put into words. and it truly took my breath away. Her male counterpart was just as entertaining as he played the guitar with so much passion that it was clear he was loving being on stage and playing but unfortunately, he just couldn’t catch my attention like she did.
You couldn’t help but get into the music and start moving around just because of the energy coming off of the stage. I only knew a couple of the songs that they played since I had really only listened to the one album I had grabbed on a whim over ten years ago but, somehow, I still felt a connection to each song that they played.
They played for an hour and then came back onstage to play an additional handful of songs. All in all, they were probably on stage for about an hour and a half but honestly, it felt way shorter than that. I am so disappointed that I missed out on their shows in the past but am more than thankful that I finally got to experience it.
It was one of those shows that I never wanted to end and even though the Red Bull was wearing off and my exhaustion was hitting me, I still just wanted to stand there, mesmerized by what The Kills do live.
Venue: First Avenue
Sausage Fest Meter- 4 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 30
Crowd Surfers- None
Stage Divers- None
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- 1
Celebrity Sightings- None
Overall Score- 8.5 out of 10
Show on Deck- Battlecross