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The Kills announce new album, Ash & Ice, share video for lead single “Doing it to Death” — watch

Plus, new tour dates to support their first album in five years

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    Photo by​ ​Kenneth Cappello

    The Kills have announced the long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s Blood Pressures. Entitled Ash & Ice, the new album is due out June 3rd through Domino Records.

    One of the major reasons it’s taken the duo so long to produce their fifth LP is that guitarist Jamie Hince was forced to re-learn guitar after undergoing five hand surgeries and dealing with a permanently damaged finger. During his recovery, Hince took a trip across Russia on the Trans-Siberien Express to find inspiration for the new music. Alison Mosshart, meanwhile, was home in Nashville, Tennessee, writing “the most affecting, poetically candid lyrics she ever has,” according to a press release. That and recording a new album with The Dead Weather.

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    Once the writing was complete, the duo recorded in a rental home in Los Angeles as well as New York City’s famed Electric Lady Studios. Hince produced Ash & Ice alongside John O’Mahony (Metric, The Cribs), while mixing was handled by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Arcade Fire) and Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys).

    The first of the album’s 13 tracks to be shared is lead single “Doing It to Death”, a slinking, popping blues rocker that pulsates along thumping bass and bubbling mellotron notes. Check it out below via its video set during a funeral attended by mourners ripped from Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”. The clip is directed by Wendy Morgan (Janelle Monáe’s “Tight Rope”, “Dance Apocalyptic”).

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    Ash & Ice Album Artwork:

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    Ash & Ice Tracklist:
    1. Doing It To Death
    2. Heart Of A Dog
    3. Hard Habit To Break
    4. Bitter Fruit
    5. Days Of Why And How
    6. Let It Drop
    7. Hum For Your Buzz
    8. Siberian Nights
    9. That Love
    10. Impossible Tracks
    11. Black Tar
    12. Echo Home
    13. Whirling Eye

    The Kills have also announced an extensive tour supporting the new release. Festival stops include appearances at Coachella, Shaky Knees, and Isle of Wight.

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    The Kills 2016 Tour Dates:
    03/16 – Mexico City, MX @ House of Vans 50th Anniversary
    03/17 – Austin, TX @ Culture Collide/StubHub Showcase (South by Southwest)
    03/18 – Austin, TX @ Spotify House (South by Southwest)
    04/07 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
    04/08 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
    04/09 – Columbus, OH @ CD 102.5 Day
    04/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    04/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
    04/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
    04/15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
    04/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre
    04/19 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
    04/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
    05/01 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
    05/03 – Paris, FR @  La Cigale
    05/04 – London, UK @ Village Underground
    05/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
    05/14 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    05/19 – Boston, MA @  Paradise Rock Club
    05/21 – Toronto, ON @  Danforth Music Hall
    05/22 – Detroit, MI @  St. Andrew’s Hall
    05/23 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
    05/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    05/26 – Kansas City, KS @ Midland Theatre
    05/27 – Denver, CO @  Ogden Theatre
    05/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
    05/31 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
    06/01 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
    06/02 – Portland, OR @  Roseland Theater
    06/04 – San Francisco, CA @ Fox Theater
    06/09-12 – Newport, UK @ Isle of Wight Festival
    07/06 – Kiev, UA @  U-Park Festival
    07/09 – Moscow, RU @ Park Live Festival
    08/06 – Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival

     

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