New Music Critique: The Sweet Kill

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Contact: thesweetkill@gmail.com
Web: thesweetkill.com
Seeking: Label, Booking, Film/TV
Style: Dark Wave, Gothic

Pete Mills-led The Sweet Kill will not be for everyone, but fans of the over-the-top and the macabre will love it. Piano-driven “Undead” is dark! Each song from Letters to A Vampire exudes humanity for modern outcasts. “Forbidden” and “Queen of the Damned” are upbeat, even dancey, with heavy guitars and electronic drumbeats, reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails. Mills’ vocals could benefit from less compression, or perhaps even recruiting a different singer. A perfect outfit would be a theatrical staging, a la Jason Segel’s puppet-Dracula musical in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. A tip Mills can borrow from the movie is to take the gothic themes a little less seriously, which can help bring accessibility to the music.