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A decade later, The Kills still rocking the two-piece act

Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart of the Kills.

Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart of the Kills. (Shawn Brackbill) Credit: Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart of the Kills. (Shawn Brackbill)

The Kills began their career in 2002 during the heyday of minimalist rock duos.

Ten years later, the White Stripes are no more and the Black Keys are a four-piece, leaving the Kills with their loud guitars, drum machines and dark lyrics as the last duo standing.

amNewYork spoke with singer Alison Mosshart as the band prepared for its 10th-anniversary show at Terminal 5 this weekend.

What are you most proud of when you look back over 10 years? Everything. I keep talking about when we met and how strongly I felt about how much I wanted to do this and how crazy the idea was. The idea was, I was going to move to London and make [guitarist Jamie Hince] be in a band with me. It worked out the way I thought it would. It's been life-changing.

What keeps your relationship with Jamie going? We had this kind of common instinct and goal at the beginning: that we would turn our lives into this band and it would be everything to us. I know how difficult it is to find a person like that - someone you can create with and work with and make something bigger than the sum of its parts.

You also play with Jack White in the Dead Weather. What did you learn from that experience? That taught me a lot about performing live and off the cuff. Every time we played a song, [it] was completely different than the time before because there was no drum machine. It took me out of my comfort zone and put me with some of the best musicians I ever met, and I had to keep up.

Will the Kills always be just you and Jamie? We never committed to saying we'll always do it the way we're doing it now. But so far, it hasn't seemed right to have someone else around.


If you go: The Kills perform Saturday at 9 p.m. at Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., 212-582-6600, $35.

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