"I’m so nervous. I feel like I’m about to go onstage." So commented Alison Mosshart, vocalist extraordinaire of the Kills, at last night’s party at the Village Underground given by the brand Equipment. Mosshart’s partner, Jamie Hince, looked on wryly as she spoke. “I have to keep reminding myself,” Mosshart continued, catching Hince’s eye, “that I’ve actually already played this gig.” The subject of Mosshart’s rumination, and Hince’s deadpan, was Paris Spleen, a film of an epic, sold-out Kills show played at Paris’ legendary venue L’Olympia two years ago. Courtesy of Equipment, in whose campaign Mosshart and Hince currently star, the movie was being screened at the party for the first time. A glam fashion week crowd filed into the East London space as Mosshart explained the film’s genesis: At the last minute, having realized that their L’Olympia concerts stood to be a once-in-a-lifetime kind of event, Mosshart and Hince scrambled to find a film crew and to convince the L’Olympia proprietors to let them shoot. Which they accomplished—and then, after all that effort, Mosshart said, she and Hince left the footage to languish on a shelf. “It’s really expensive to finish a movie—the editing, the sound mixing, whatever. I figured,” she went on, “it would be stuff we’d look at in twenty years and think, oh how amazing.” But then someone at Equipment got wind of the situation and offered to pony up. “We have no idea how they found out about it, frankly,” noted Hince.
But they did, and pals such as Leigh Lezark and Zoë Kravitz were on hand to support the Paris Spleen debut. As for new Kills material, Mosshart and Hince let slip that some may soon be forthcoming. “It’s such a process, you can’t really give a date,” Mosshart said. “But we will be playing a gig—a real one!—in New York in December.”