Hear the Kills' Bluesy Cover of Rihanna's 'Desperado'

Hear the Kills' Bluesy Cover of Rihanna's 'Desperado'


Hear the Kills' Bluesy Cover of Rihanna's 'Desperado' news

The Kills’ guitarist Jamie Hince and singer Alison Mosshart delivered a bluesy, dust-blown live cover of Rihanna’s Anti cut “Desperado” during an appearance on Sirius XM’s indie-rock station Sirius XMU. 

Mosshart’s smoky croon offers a more sinister feel of the lyrics (“If you want, we can be runaways/ Running from any sight of love”), over a metronomic tapping foot and Hince’s stark, buzzing acoustic guitar. Hince told Rolling Stone that “R&B, dancehall, electronic and hip-hop are genres that are really pushing the limits,” possibly explaining the indie rock band’s fascination with the pop star. 

Last week, the Kills released Ash & Ice, their fifth studio album – and first since 2011’s Blood Pressures. Hince said aimed to revitalize the modern electric guitar on this LP: “Most bands are just tributes to the 1970s or the Nineties,” he said. “I feel some allegiance to pushing electric-guitar music into a different realm, somewhere that isn’t retrospective.”

Hince said he looked to modern hip-hop production in order to revamp his own approach to beat-making. “It’s amazing looking at bass-drum patterns or drum-machine programming from, like, Pusha T,” he said. “Those are sounds and influences that are new to this record. I’ve always been a big fan of Pusha’s rhythms, but this time around I was looking at the rhythms a bit differently.”