The Kills announce their sixth studio album, God Games (Domino), available October 27, 2023. The international rock duo who redefined the genre for the 21st century continues to set the pace with this hypnotic, propulsive album. Across all 12 tracks on God Games, the duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince plunge into new sonic territory while maintaining the band’s signature, seductive bravado.
Following last month’s critically acclaimed dual single “New York/LA Hex,” the album’s announcement is accompanied by the single “103.” Where “LA Hex” focused its gaze on the emotional and interpersonal realities of modern life in Los Angeles, “103” (as in Fahrenheit) highlights the brutal reality of daunting un-inhabitability through the lens of a dark twisted love song – Mosshart croons cutting lyrics like “stick with me under the last palm tree / and sip a little water from the dirty fountain meant to be / the sum of it all.”
Shot in storied rock/fashion photographer and metaverse pioneer Steven Sebring’s custom-built 3D film studio, the video for “103” sees The Kills underneath the glare of an angry, imposing sun. Decked out in tanning goggles, solar eclipse glasses and matching reflective suits, Mosshart and Hince move with precision, at home in the chaos of high summer heat.
God Games centers the primal call-and-response between Mosshart’s full-body vocal catharsis and Hince’s swaggering, guillotine-smooth guitar transmissions. Stretching the boundaries of the pair’s signature sound, they chose to write from new perspectives. The results find the duo composing primarily on piano for the first time, incorporating innovative electronic and brass textures, crystal clear production, and deeply human lyrics, as well as a collaboration with the Compton Kidz Club Choir on “LA Hex” and “My Girls My Girls.” Written beginning in 2019, the duo decamped to an old church to record the album with Award-winning producer Paul Epworth [Adele, Paul McCartney], who was their very first soundman in 2002.