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- Posted on Apr 17th 2011 11:25AM by Charley Rogulewski
"How you doing Coachella?" frontwoman Alison Mosshart asked, walking onstage for the Kills Saturday evening (April 16) set at Coachella 2011. "It's good to be back. It's our third time, and its a full moon tonight." An indication things would get grimey.
For this Coachella trip, the usually no frills ensemble brought some extras -- a cheetah print backdrop and three backup singers. Mosshart, who rocks harder across the stage than guitarist Jamie Hince during their shows, didn't waste any time getting up on the stage monitor and leaning into the crowd in her high heeled boots during their opening track 'No Wow.'
The Kills' music fits well with the desert. 'Kissy Kissy' is the company you'd want for a drive down a deserted highway at sunrise -- full throttle and no where to go but towards what lies ahead. As Hince provided the saunter to the song, Mosshart strangled her axe and it fired back with short bursts of dirty displeasure, the kind of displeasure that sounds good in a garage rock band.
The crowd immediately recognized the opening telephone dial of 'U.R.A. Fever' off 2005's 'Midnight Boom,' which was followed up by songs off the duos latest album 'Blood Pressures.' Instead of saturating the barren wall of sound, the backup singers added more echo and hollowness on new songs like 'DNA' and the album's lead single 'Satellite.'
With Mosshart's hair getting wetter and wetter with each headbang, she displayed her Nico-like vocal chops on the synth-heavy 'Wait,' before the duo closed everything out with 'Sour Cherry.'