The Kills have returned with a new single, delivering a pair cover tunes. The duo’s latest release features a new version Saul Williams’ “List Demands (Reparations),” backed by a version Peter Tosh’s “Steppin’ Razor.”
Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince have been regularly playing Williams’ song as part their pre-show pump-up playlist, gradually absorbing the full meaning its personal and political calls to action.
“It’s a song strength and empowerment, rooted in the idea rising above,” Mosshart said in a statement. “It was one those songs you’re almost scared to cover, because it carries so much respect. It wasn’t a straight up love song or a drug song. It was defined, serious, and perfect already. With certain songs, you feel like an intruder trying to sing them, but this one felt like my own.”
Williams has given the new rendition his stamp approval, adding: “I’m honoured. I liked the Kills before they chose to cover ‘LOD.’ If they can feel themselves in that song, it’s because they are as much a part it as I am.”
The Kills’ latest single will get a physical 7-inch release tomorrow (March 2) Domino, but you can stream the two-song fering digitally right now. Give it a spin below, where you’ll also find a newly shared video for “List Demands (Reparations).”
The band’s last full-length album was 2016’s Ash & Ice, though they also released the Echo Home EP (featuring a cover Rihanna’s “Desperado”) last year.