The Dead Weather's Mosshart Goes Acoustic With The Kills

July 16, 2009 5:18 PM ET

Need to give your iPod a break after listening to the Dead Weather's Horehound on repeat since its release Tuesday? Check out these exclusive acoustic performances by Alison Mosshart's main project, the Kills. Rolling Stone recently caught up the Kills' Mosshart and Jamie Hince in their hotel room in downtown NYC, with the pair performing intimate acoustic versions of their 2003 hit "Kissy Kissy" (above) and Willie Nelson's "Crazy" (below).

Even though the band is six years removed from their debut album Keep On Your Mean Side, Mosshart and Hince both unanimously agree it's still their favorite material to play live. "We play so many things from that record live. 'Kissy Kissy' every night," Mosshart says. "We tend to play more songs from Keep on Your Mean Side than we do on [2005's] No Wow which is funny I think because we toured for No Wow so long we just were like, 'OK, no more.' Those songs were so important to us when we wrote them. It's like that first thing. You're so close to those things so I still love to play them."

After spending the summer fronting the Dead Weather, Mosshart says she'll be eager to get back to working on the next Kills LP. "This summer off and on I'm doing Dead Weather and then coming back we're going to write and write just every moment we can," Mosshart says, with Hince adding, "And record a record this year."

The band say they've already begun working on new material, but won't fully know what it'll sound like until the employ their drum machine. "We'll piece together things on an acoustic guitar, but as you know, that's never how they end up. Soon as you get a drum machine involved, the whole feeling of it changes. It could be something like Big Black, or it could be something like Cabaret Voltaire," Hince tells RS. "That's what I love about drum machines. I think they're far more liberating to work with." As Mosshart can attest, however, having Jack White as your drummer isn't a bad thing either.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

More Song Stories entries »