The Kills' Alison Mosshart on Upcoming Tour, Album, and Working with Jack White

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It’s hard not to envy Alison Mosshart. The effortlessly cool frontwoman of the Kills positively exudes confidence and rock-star swagger. She also manages to steal the spotlight from none other than Jack White in her other band, the Dead Weather, and in her free time she’s an accomplished painter and photographer who has exhibited her work around the world.

These days Mosshart is focusing the majority of her efforts on finishing up the Kills’ fifth studio album with her partner, Jamie Hince.

"We’ve been locked away working in our studios in London and Nashville," Mosshart says of the follow-up to 2011’s Blood Pressures. “That’s been the main focus of the last half of this year. It’s a really slow process when you have two people and you have lots of programming. We have a lot of songs – we’re working out how to change the songs. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done before. It’s our journey on every single record. We also try to take the journeys we’ve been on [individually] and make ourselves better [as a band].”

Mosshart says that her turn in the Dead Weather took her out of her comfort zone, which has influenced her work with the Kills. “Every time I do a project, it always comes with a level of discomfort and not knowing how to do it,” she says. “I learned so much in the [Dead Weather]. There’s no way it doesn’t influence what I do in [the Kills.]”

Rumors have been flying that the new album will feature elements of reggae and dubstep, which would be a huge left turn for the down-and-dirty, bluesy indie rockers, but Mosshart is quick to deny those rumors, saying she was misquoted and then the quote got attributed to Hince and ended up on Wikipedia.

"I’m still getting the complete picture in my head – right now the record is a thousand different things," she says.

Mosshart says they’re aiming for a 2015 release date, but it’s hard to pin down the exact timeframe at this point. “I’d love for it to be out by the summer, but I don’t know if it’ll happen,” she says. “You want to put out a record that you feel is exactly as you want it. Nobody wants to tour for two years on a record they don’t like.”

Speaking of touring, the Kills are taking a brief break from the studio to play a handful of shows along the west coast, including a date at Seattle’s Neptune Theater, which will be streamed via Yahoo Live on October 27. They’re also playing a benefit concert and tribute to renowned photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank in New York on October 21, put on by the Open Road Aperture Foundation.

"Jamie and I agreed to do that (benefit) in about four seconds because we love Robert Frank," Mosshart gushes.

While some bands find tour dates to be a distraction from their writing, playing live shows actually energizes Mosshart. “I love being on stage more than anything and I think that’s what comes across,” she says. “I think the most honest representation of any music is to play it right there in front of people. It’s a moment – it’s all one of a kind, every little part of it. There’s no repeat.”