SHOOT TO KILL(S) - ALISON & JAMIE RELEASE LUXURY PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK
The Kills | 06/07/12
Yes, it's something to file in the "oh man it's beautiful I must own it" category - The Kills are releasing a truly awe-inspiring photography book made up of a selection of wonderful images taken by friend and longtime collaborator, Kenneth Cappello. It's out on September 4th in North America and it's called Dream and Drive. It documents over nine years of the band's career and captures Alison and Jamie in their most playful, private, intense and intimate moments, both onstage and off as they conquer the world city at a time. Dream and Drive also includes a foreword written by Alison Mosshart herself.
"I have a lot of love for those great flea-pits and cock-eyed stages of America in Kenneth's pictures. We played on just about every one of them with their chewed-gum carpets that glued your feet down every time you tried to dance. Who'd have thought those cesspits could conjure up any magic? Of secret society proportions? We got over excited by everything back then. Everything. Even the crisps seemed exciting. Every night we'd let our heads fly way up into the clouds, dreaming we were super human and that our little band could go anywhere we wanted it to.. And then bang back down to ground level at the next soundcheck with a one-eyed speaker cabinet and a dressing room wall covered in scribbled cocks. They turned out to be palaces of the supernatural those clubs, where your life could be changed one night, with nothing more than a knackered Fender Twin and a pair of disintegrating jeans. I'd forgotten it was really like that until we started on this book..." J. Hince
"These are photos of locomotion. Silent visions of things turned up past their load. The tremble of the nightclub, the dive of backstage temporaries, electricity flung like paint through space, the FACE, the posture, the vehicle that hounds the road, sweats. I know when we're looking straight on, we're looking straight through. And I suppose it's the drift and swing, that shows you who you are, and that music is a force and really is, all it's cracked up to be. These photos make me remember everything." A. Mosshart
Kenneth and The Kills' worlds collided in 2003; both in Paris, The Kills were shooting scenes for the film 'I Hate The Way You Love' in the basement of a clothing store, Kenneth and his camera happened to be hanging out and shot photos of the band as they worked. From Paris to Coney Island, from the Chelsea Hotel to out onto the road, so began their time together. Kenneth is truly part of The Kills family and since then, has taken over 600 rolls of film of Jamie and Alison.
Photography has been a inherent part of The Kills' DNA since its conception ten years ago. From photo-booth laden artwork, to photographing their own magazine shoots; from exhibiting their own extensive polaroid collection, to setting up photo-booths for fans at their recent New York show - the band are renowned for their passion and involvement in arts other than music.
The fourth album Blood Pressures, released last year, found The Kills delivering their vivid and uniquely gritty post-blues, but with a new level of thoughtfulness and depth not yet explored by the duo. An album tinged with wistfulness and vulnerability, it has an enduring sense of intricacy and richness that intensely blends with their ever-compelling songwriting.
The Kills US Tour Dates
- August 10-12 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
- August 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre
- August 14 Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre