The Kills Keep On Your Mean Side
The Kills really like The White Stripes. The Kills really like PJ Harvey. The Kills really lurv Royal Trux. The Kills really dig the blues. The Kills may be trying just a bit too hard.
Hotel (Jamie) used to be in blink & you missed them Transitcore no-hopers Scarfo, whilst VV (Alison) used to be in ooh, who gives a fuck. They met through a shared love of The White Stripes, PJ Harvey, Royal Trux & the Blues & began a long distance love affair that mostly consisted of exchanging tapes. When they finally met they fucked each other so much they fell in love. Aaah. So far so convoluted.
Its not that Keep On Your Mean Side is bad - its just that its so fucking desperate to be NOW it could almost be parody. Look, this is MY last fucking chance please take me seriously. Ive been bumming around the peripheries all my fucking life love me, please.
Superstition is sadly not a bluespunk run through the Little Stevie Wonder classic, but a gossamer thin attempt to rewrite Dry as one song. Jamie & Ali turn on the boy/girl bet youd love to watch vocal trade offs for all their worth. The aforementioned work in progress tapes appear as atmospheric filler between tracks in an attempt to make it all more interesting. Ali coughs she does smoke a hell of a lot Ali says fuck God, the raw edged subversion of it all.
Cat Claw is still the best thing on offer here - it should have been release as a ltd edit 7 in Argentina. A one off statement & instant collectors classic. Failing that they could have sold it to Mick Jagger for his next solo LP.
Pull A U is a further Dry outtake. Kissey Kissey is a Led Zep fired snoozer it has been a fucking long time coming I never thought wed actually hear anyone attempt to reference Led Zep again (urm, aint that the truth, Jack?).
Fried My Little Brians mmmm are they taking the piss. Actually, the more I here this fucking record the more I want to kill the fucking Kills to death. Erm, now.
Ali pops back up from time to time to drawl in an affected stoned manner. What does she have to say? Well, nothing really. Thats the point. Its the sound of her voice. Right???????? As I said, The Kills are trying TOO hard. They want to be art but are arse. Ali wants to be Patti so much it hurts (Ali, hate to spoil the party, but Patti made a career of living up her own arse in that respect, girl, I think youve made it).
Black Rooster sounds like something Chris Morris could knock out in his sleep. Its comedic. The kids??? Fuck & fight??? Basements???? What fucking year do you live in??? And while were at it, what the fucks a rattlesnake gun when its at home???? Dont you know that kids & guns dont mix???? Shhh, & I may be way off the mark with this one, but Id hazard a guess it could be Jamie & Ali who like to fuck & fight in the basement. Maybe they like the kids to watch.
Wait is so lame it collapses under the weight of its own la la las. God I fucking hate songs that go: la la la la. Whats up? Could you be bothered to think of words for the la la la bits. Who are you? Sting. De do do do you you you just just just fuck off & leave us in peace. Tell me what so funny, man? Cmon Ali, that would spoil the fun. Thats for you & Jamie to work out for yr.selves.
By the time weve snored our way to the hilarious Fuck The People the tMx office has raised a collection to help reform Scarfo. If any readers know of the whereabouts of the other geezers out of Scarfo get in touch soon. Lets kill this sucker before they release any more singles of it (Oh yeah, by the way: the term Stab Your Back belongs to Mr Rat Scabies & is protected by Sanctuary Publishing). Fuck The People, indeed.
Marquee Smith 03/03