Five Minutes With: Vancouver Post-Punk Music The Sweet Kill

The Sweet Kill is a one-man, post-punk, dark & gothic diviner of millenarian angst. Driven by cold synths, atmospheric guitar, minimal drums, melodic bass, multi-instrumentalist, and velvety crooning baritone, Pete Mills conducts a cinematic darkwave masterpiece of romantic sorrow echoing the laments of The Cure and Joy Division. With an extensive background in music creation, Mills blends the elements of his past seamlessly with the present and even the future, creating a tapestry of gothic intrigue. Initially, Mills was a guitarist and didn’t grasp the meaning of being a lead singer until he “translated using my voice as a creepy instrument,” Mills said. In 2021, Mills brought The Sweet Kill to life. To inspire those lost in the shadows of life The Sweet Kill cemented itself as one of the acts to watch with unveiling of the 2022 album Darkness. The Sweet Kill is the phoenix rising from the ashes of projects past and entering a new era of artistry.

Shadow Zone Sound is his own recording studio, where Mills creates and produces all The Sweet Kill material. On the horizon “Undead” and “Forbidden” are the current singles from the highly anticipated sophomore album Nowhere which will be released on Young & Cold Records (Germany) and Shadow Zone Records (USA). Mills exclaims, “Nowhere questions the final analysis of the soul’s journey between the living and dead, are we eternally floating in the ether or are we never lost and always found?”

The Sweet Kill


Pete Mills of The Sweet Kill


Post-Punk, Darkwave, Gothic



# of Albums:

1 and #2 is on the way

Latest Album:

Darkness released in 2022 BUT Nowhere is coming in spring 2024

Latest Single:

Forbidden (from the forthcoming album Nowhere)

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Simon Gallop Bassist from the Cure

Favourite musician now:

The Singer of Molchat Doma

Guilty pleasure song:

Heaven by Bryan Adams

Live show ritual:

Meditate and destroy

Favourite local musician:

Jason Corbett from Actors

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?


Road or studio?


Any shows or albums coming up?

Bar Sinister ALBUM release party in the heart of Hollywood on Saturday, May 25 2024

Where can we follow you?

BandcampWebsiteEPKInstagramYouTubeFacebookTikTok | SpotifyApple Music


Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Gotham Steakhouse

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

Powell in the industrial area, it is such a creative catalyst for me

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Stanley Park is always mysterious to me day and night, especially when it’s raining, I mean if it’s good enough for Mick Jagger to jog along that seawall then it’s good enough for my creative inspiration.

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

Commodore, the bouncing floor I mean come on!

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Zulu Records


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