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The Kills’ new album will be “completely different”

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    The Kills have been at work on their fifth studio album since last fall. However, the duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince have remained mostly tight-lipped regarding their follow-up to 2011’s Blood Pressures. That is, until now: in a new interview with Nashville Scene, Mosshart offered insight into the pair’s creative process.

    According to Mosshart, she and Hince have been recording in London, with further plans to hit up Michigan before departing to Nashville for rehearsals in preparation of their upcoming tour. (Mosshart recently bought a home in the Music City.) The band is working at a leisurely place with no strict timetable, so that they have ample opportunity to explore a new set of sounds.

    “We’re trying to make a record that’s completely different,” Mosshart explained. “Anything that sounds like it could have sat quite easily on any of the other records will probably get scrapped or reworked, played on some kind of different instruments with a completely different kind of rhythm and a completely different kind of feel. That’s what takes so long, is trying to break out of the thing that you know and you’re good at and trying to get good at something else.”

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    “You never know what’s going to happen with a record when you’re writing,” Mosshart continued. “It could be done all the sudden in two months, or it could take another year. You get on these tangents, and you find new directions. You kind of follow the scent wherever it’s taking you. Sometimes it takes a long time. Sometimes it’s fast as hell.”

    Despite working on the album for the past several months, Mosshart added that she has no idea how the end result will actually sound. However, Hince has apparently found an interest in the heavy rhythms of dub and reggae.

    Whether or the not the album is finished, the band will head out on the road this summer. Their docket includes appearances NYC’s Governors Ball and Houston’s Free Press Summer Festival as well as supporting slots for Jack White, The Black Keys, and Arctic Monkeys. Consult their full schedule here.

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    Below, check out The Kills’ hour-long set at Paris’ L’Olympia from last September:

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