Black Rooster (EP)
|Black Rooster EP|
|Released||28 May 2002|
|Recorded||Toe Rag Studios 25 March 2002|
|The Kills chronology|
|Drowned in Sound||8/10 link|
|Pitchfork Media||7.4/10 link|
In 2001, the Kills showcased new songs on a demo tape; however, the pair shunned approaches from major record labels. Recording as VV and Hotel, they contributed the song "Restaurant Blouse" to the compilation If the Twenty-First Century Did Not Exist, It Would Be Necessary to Invent It. Shortly after this, they signed to Domino Records and recorded their debut release, the Black Rooster EP in Toe Rag Studios in March 2002; it was all recorded on 8-track by Liam Watson except "Dropout Boogie" which is live at Paint It Black, 4 April 2002 and "Gum", recorded on a Dictaphone by the band. The record sleeve featured photos of Mosshart and Hince taken in a photo booth rather than professional photography.
The record was lo-fi in both musical and aesthetic terms. Musically, the record was a sparse, lo-fi garage rock/blues hybrid though the band cites Captain Beefheart, PJ Harvey, LCD Soundsystem, The Velvet Underground, The Fall, Patti Smith, Suicide and Royal Trux as immediate influences; the music press has largely compared them to The White Stripes.
All tracks are written by The Kills, except "Dropout Boogie" written by Don Van Vliet and Herb Bermann.
|2.||"Black Rooster (Fuck and Fight)"||4:24|
|5.||"Gum (Intermission Red Meat Heart)"||1:22|
- The Kills
- Alison "VV" Mosshart – vocals, guitar on "Wait"
- Jamie "Hotel" Hince – guitar, drums, tambourine, vocals
- "Black Rooster Recording Information". Retrieved 30 March 2013.
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