One of my favorites to thrash it out to. There’s a lot of raw emotion underneath all that leather. To say that The Kills are carrying the Velvet torch is both a compliment and a disservice. No one carries it better than The Kills, among way too many bands who claim that influence, but it’s a cheap comparison designed to undersell. The Kills are one of the rare few who can wring something fresh and alive out of a formula that’s misleadingly easy to follow. Badass boots and feedback don’t count as anything but a posture without a real fire in the gut, and no one has more fire than Alison Mosshart.