How To Sound Like…The Kills!
Ok…let’s leave some classic players on the side, today, to write about one of the coolest new bands to emerge in recent years: The Kills, with their dirty garage blues thing. After the sometimes disappointing second album No Wow, they managed to return with a fantastic collection of songs, and “Midnight Boom” is one of the best albums of the year so far.
Jamie Hince, a.k.a. Hotel, is better known in some parts as “The Kate Moss Boyfriend” but he’s a really cool and creative guitarist. When I last saw them in Liverpool, the guitar sounded great – powerful and dirty, and also quite unique.
Live, both Hince and lead singer Alison Mosshart played old Hofner guitars. His was a slim solid body, hers a semi-acoustic.
Hince’s setup was pretty interesting: a Divided By Thirteen head amp into a Fender Twin Reverb. The Fender had its controls covered by masking tape, so he was using it just as a cab, apparently.
There was a Vox amp between them, maybe the one Hince says he also runs his guitar through, to get bassier sounds?
I didn’t see the ’60s Burns Orbit 3 amp (which appears on the photo above).
His pedalboard consisted of two Electro-Harmonix POG pedals and two Boss digital delay pedals, probably the classic DD3. One of his favourite sounds is to have a delay pedal with the delay time set really short, but with quite a bit of feedback time, set at least 10 o’clock or so.
Hince uses the POG to get those lower octave sounds that make up for the fact they don’t use a bass guitar.
He also had a Fender Mini Twin mysteriously placed onstage…one must wonder why…
Their drum-machine is a vintage Akai MPC60.
For more info about The Kills, we found two really good interviews:
Getting That Sound:
Wanna sound like them? Apart from the gear listed in the article above, here’s some other suggestions.
- Try a Micro POG instead of the POG, if you don’t want to spend too much.
- Fender Blues Junior. Will serve for the job…
Now…you’ll have to look on Ebay for some old cool vintage guitar! Hofner or otherwise…as long as it’s single coil.