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

on March 01, 2016, 12:00pm

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.

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”).

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.

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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