The Sweet Kill have just announced the release of their sophomore LP Nowhere with their latest video-single “Forbidden.” The new full length vinyl LP will arrive this spring via Young & Cold Records (Germany) as well as Shadow Zone Records (USA). The Sweet Kill is a one-man post-punk project which focuses on the more dark and gothic side of the genre.
Perpetually recording and producing at his own studio SHADOW ZONE SOUND in Los Angeles, Pete Mills wrote The Sweet Kill’s sonic cinematic debut Darkness with the intent to inspire those lost in the shadows of life. The velvety crooning baritone Mills conducts a darkwave masterpiece of romantic sorrow echoing the laments of The Cure and Joy Division. With the newest offering from The Sweet Kill “Forbidden”, Mills creates a down tempo atmosphere that brings the listener into a melancholic realm. Describing the song Mills said, “Beneath the chilly glow of the moon, one might ponder, with a wry smile, the delicious conundrum of the forbidden. Ah, the thrill of diving into the depths of desire, to satiate an unnamable yearning! In the grand opera of life, some find their hearts drawn to the most enigmatic of duets, a dance shrouded in secrecy, away from the prying eyes of the world’s chorus”.
The eerie video, directed by Ellen Hawk, delves into this mystery realm with gusto, taking us on a strange sojourn into the moonlight. The haunting voice of Pete Mills serves as a guiding light through this shadowy adventure, cutting through the darkness with the intensity and warmth of a candle’s flame. His earnest croon adds a layer of depth and sincerity. Pete Mills delves into the depths of the human psyche, using an arsenal of cold synths, atmospheric guitar, and a melodic bass to sculpt an anthemic hook with bleeding-heart emotions. The protagonists, outcasts by nature, grapple with their desires in the shadows. Amidst secrets and whispers, their passion is intense yet prohibited, leading them to a paradise where they are exiled, consumed by a love both dark and irresistible.
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With the latest full-length endeavor from The Sweet Kill arriving this Spring, Mills exclaims “NOWHERE is about embracing the fear of the unknown with the magic fantastical faith, when these elements collide, portals to fourth dimensions appear.” You can hear elements of The Cure and Bauhaus reverberate through Mills’ taut, brooding vocal performances, while the pounding bass lines and brisk percussion are reminiscent of artists like The Killers or Franz Ferdinand. The personal lyrics and accessible melody and production fall somewhere between Editors and Fontaines D.C., lending the songs an openness that will appeal to fans of pop and rock, not just post-punk.