The Sweet Kill – “Down In Flames”

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.

Down In Flames is ALL about revenge!! I’ll never forget the impact 911 had on me even living up in Canada. My phone was ringing off the hook from my friends in the US about that fateful day. My answering machine had countless messages of terror in the voices of my American friends.  I didn’t understand what was happening until I opened my browser and saw the destruction. In a general way Down In Flames captures the mood post ground zero after the attacks. I recently visited the memorial while the Neon Black album was getting mastered. I was driven to tears from all the names of those inscribed into the monument surrounding the infinity waterfall. Breathtakingly humbling to witness the tribute to the fallen.

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