On Repeat: The Kills’ ‘No Wow (The Tchad Blake Mix 2022)’

As with FKA twigs and, say, Gorillaz, when The Kills come out with a new song, before we even listen to it, we just assume it’s going to be our new favorite thing until, well…the next Kills, Gorillaz or FKA twigs release.

But we admit we’d spent a couple of weeks of on-and-off visits and revisits to their latest, ‘No Wow (The Tchad Blake Mix 2022)’, before its undeniable awesomeness suddenly hit us – and now it’s on constant repeat. The original was released all the way back in 2005, and was taken from their acclaimed second album of the same name.

But the new version just punches everything up, giving it a greater immediacy and intensity. Grammy-winning Blake, who has previously worked with the likes of Fiona Apple, Arctic Monkeys and Black Keys, was actually employed to remix the entire album, which will be packaged with the original as part of a special 17th anniversary special edition (why wait for the 20th?), out June 3 via Domino, and featuring a gold foil gatefold LP jacket, black-and-gold smoke vinyl LP, exclusive 5×7 print and a four-page booklet – a superfan absolute must-have, obviously.

Director Sally Walker-Hudecki’s new visual accompaniment actually mixes Super 8 footage into the original video to totally freaky effect. And it must be said, with more than a decade-and-a-half having passed, the lyrics are still gloriously evocative and weird, with Alison Mosshart doing her sultry whisper thing while Jamie Hince shreds it on guitar.

“Forever is the feather you ain’t got no more
And all the people you see coming by to save you
You’re make-believing-on in your mind
Your eyes are holy rollin’, looking, beating, knocking
The ceiling gets closer to you all the time”

Hell…yes.

Of course, The Kills are always somehow even more amazing in person. And the dynamic duo will do five shows this June (tickets available here), one at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountainview, CA, followed by a pair at LA’s Mayan Theater, and another two at Brooklyn Steel. Miss it at the considerable risk to your cool factor.

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