The Kills have always had a wonderfully ramshackle way about them as they swagger and shake from one turn-on and heartbreak to the next with each passing studio release. Their previous effort, 2008′s breakthrough Midnight Boom, found the London-based duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince in a maelstrom of creative dysfunction and pent-up sexual energy as they battled hurricanes in Mexico, the ticking clock, and the moon at their camp in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

For a good minute, it appeared as though the future of the Kills was uncertain as Mosshart became the serpentine queen we all long suspected she was with her bewitching turn as lead snake-charmer for the Dead Weather alongside Jack White, and Hince became a paparazzi target on the arm of supermodel Kate Moss. For a pair that lived relatively attached at the hip, the journey of Blood Pressures was exactly that — a study in what makes them tick as a duo and creative individuals.

Recorded at the famed Key Club Studios in Benton Harbor (the site of Midnight Boom) and engineered by Bill Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins, with mixing completed in London by Tom Elmhirst, Blood Pressures is due for release April 5, 2011 via Domino Records. Sure to please diehard fans with its “searing guitars, driving rhythms and sexually charged lyrical savvy,” and lyrics that are said to be “honest, heartfelt and sometimes just plain heartbreaking,” the album will have nasty licks, piano, mellotron, and rivers of sweat.

Standout tracks are mooted to be album opener “Future Starts Slow,” “Heart is a Beating Drum,” “Satellite,” and “Last Goodbye,” which features Mosshart going full torch, opining, “I can’t survive on a halfhearted love that will never be whole.”

A U.S. tour announcement is due shortly. Stay tuned!

Tracklisting:

1. Future Starts Slow
2. Satellite
3. Heart Is A Beating Drum
4. Nail In My Coffin
5. Wild Charms
6. DNA
7. Baby Says
8. Last Goodbye
9. Damned If She Do
10. You Don’t Own The Road
11. Pots and Pans

 
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