Rock duo The Kills have announced a limited edition 17th anniversary deluxe reissue of their seminal second album 'No Wow', featuring two LPs - the original recording and a new mix by the multiple Grammy Award-winning Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Fiona Apple, Arctic Monkeys) that brings a fresh perspective to the 11 tracks. The reissue is due out June 3rd via Domino.
The new Tchad Blake mix of the title track 'No Wow' is out now with an accompanying music video directed by Sally Walker-Hudecki; it is an amalgamation of her Super 8 footage and the original 2005 video directed by Kenneth Cappello.
Returning to their roots, The Kills will be performing 'No Wow' in its entirety as a two-piece in Los Angeles and Brooklyn this June. Due to overwhelming demand, second dates have been added in both cities and are the band’s only headlining shows planned for the year. They will also be opening for Jack White at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on June 4th.
'No Wow' was originally released in 2005 and won immediate acclaim for its naked, scuzzy energy. The album’s stormy fusion of darkness and the dancefloor was reflected in songs like 'Love Is a Deserter', and tracks like 'Good Ones' radiated with heat and desperation. And the record’s whirlwind creative timeline only enhanced its fiery pitch. Pitchfork raved, “That expedited process lends No Wow a raw immediacy that fits the band's tempestuousness and sexual tension.” The Kills proved to be something more than just another one of the garage rock bands in vogue at the time, something more grave and glamorous and consequential. The New York Times praised 'No Wow' as “a raw slab of bluesy-punk shot through with nihilism and dysfunctional sex,” and AV Club, in the ominous tone that would characterize reviews of The Kills for years to come, wrote “The message is clear: With some kinds of love, nobody gets out alive.”
Listen to 'No Wow' (The Tchad Blake Mix 2022) here.