UK duo The Kills sure know how to ratchet up expectations for their upcoming “Blood Pressures” set.
Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart are not only launching a photo diary in partnership with Polaroid, they’re offering a free sample song — “DNA” — at their website.
On the album, the track works as part two of a two-song suite, preceded by “Wild Charms,” which seems to have been penned as a paean to Hince’s fiancée, supermodel Kate Moss. “And it’s a call-and-response thing, yeah,” he says of the companion pieces. “‘Wild Charms’ was written as an intro to ‘DNA,’ and I wrote ‘DNA’ about nostalgia, and how you have to kick it away. Nostalgia is a beautiful thing, but it’s a killer.”
Hince’s once low-key life has gotten rather surreal. Arm in arm with Moss, he’s hounded by paparazzi practically everywhere they go.
Are the two cuts about his relationship?
“I don’t like talking about lyrics, really,” he sighs. “It’s kind of awkward. And it’s awkward because the themes that are the most fulfilling and fascinating are also the ones that make you the most vulnerable. And then you don’t want to be giving that sort of privacy away, so the lyrics are there for people to decide themselves what a song is about.”
The Kills hit The Fillmore on May 11.