rough trade records

The Kills “Keep On Your Mean Side” 2003. US release on Rough Trade Records. Keep on Your Mean Side is the debut full-length release from duo Alison Mosshart (also vocals for Discount and the Jack White collaborative effort The Dead Weather) and Jamie Hince (also songwriter/guitarist for Scarfo and notably married to ubermodel Kate Moss until last year). Bluesy, sparse with more than a hint of darkness, Keep on Your Mean Side has a sneering DIY punk flavor fronted with Mosshart’s stellar vocals and Hince’s droning yet undeniably catchy guitar. My favorite tracks are the hard-driving chugga-chugga blues of  “Pull A U,” “Fried My Little Brains” and “Hitched.” “Black Rooster,” which also appeared on their 2002 EP Black Rooster, feels like a blend of Velvet Underground and classic southern blues for a track that has a hypnotic effect like watching a locomotive tear through the countryside.