XXXchange lends a hand on three more, but even without him the Kills delve into sampling, creating a rhythm track out of a dial tone on the opening vocal duet, “U.R.A. Fever.” It isn’t until halfway into the disc, on the relatively raucous “Last Day of Magic” and the overdriven “Hook and Line,” that these Kills resemble the guitar-driven garage-punk outfit that garnered comparisons to the White Stripes when Rough Trade released Keep on Your Mean Side in 2003. Of course, that’s part of what sustains the lasting power of the blues: like romance itself, its essence is intangible. The Gossip get right up in your face, the Kills peer out coyly from behind dark sunglasses — but it’s not which notes they play, it’s how they play them.
THE KILLS | Paradise, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | April 30 | 617.562.8800
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