This is The Sweet Kills version of the Nine Inch Nail’s iconic song Hurt which is one of my favorite songs of all time! This cover rides in on the chariot of The Cure aesthetic of Fascination Street, which was voted the song that inspired the genre named Dark Wave. This cover appropriately appears on the Love & Death EP to amplify and provoke the conversation to expose the social stigma attached to the disease of addiction and consequences and circumstances thereof.
The questions, pain and confusion we are left with when someone near and dear to us overdoses or takes their own life by their own hand can hopefully lead to a way to continue on, living our lives fully with purpose but also armed with the facts about the human condition as well as the disease of addiction.
The Sweet Kill is a one-man dark pop synth project swelling with emotion. The diviner of this millenarian angst is lead-singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Pete Mills; who portrays toxic love, desperation and redemption from the throes of addiction. After the suicide of his band mate, and personal battles with addiction, Pete speaks of liberation from inner demons.
The Sweet Kill delivers an atmospheric quietus and infectious hooks similar to Awolnation and MGMT, matched with the bulletproof production of The Cure and Nine Inch Nails. The latest releases feature the drumming of Darren King (Mutemath), mixer Dave “Rave” Ogilvie (Marilyn Manson) and co-producer Voli (Bebe Rexha).
Prior to the conception of The Sweet Kill, Mills had an extensive career in the music industry, signing with Nikki Sixx’s label with his former band Flash Bastard and getting kicked off the North American Motley Crue tour. Ulitimately moving to Los Angeles, Pete diverged into a producing career, beginning with a co-production credit for SoulKid1’s smash hit song “We Got More Bounce In California” with Michael Patterson (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club).
This single’s notoriety captured the attention of local labels which transitioned Pete into a successful producing career working with a myriad of artists including Sheryl Crow, Moving Units, Teddy Riley to name a few. The latest releases of The Sweet Kill marks Pete’s meteoric re-entry back into the spotlight of performing again.
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