KILL DEVIL HILLS, THE
Formed in 2003 as an acoustic, country-tinged 3-piece, THE KILL DEVIL HILLS have slowly swelled ranks to become a rambling 6-piece outfit. Their sometimes rickety, sometimes dirty, frequently swampy and always intense take on country, folk, gospel blues and rock hearkening like some bawdy old Irish reel bashed out on a rusty banjo by a half-cut lumberjack, high on the music of moonshine. At times chugging along in a rockabilly howl, then turning out heart wrenching ballads of loss and vengeance, THE KILL DEVIL HILLS take a rolling, merry lunge at the heart of rock ‘n’ roll.
The Kill Devil Hills released their debut album “Heathen Songs” nationally in Febuary 2005 being distributed by Reverberation, where the album resides on their best seller list. In the same month, The Kill Devil Hills were nominated for 6 WAMi (West Australian Music Industry) Awards and took home 2. Triple J picked up the album and loved it, with “Heathen Songs” recieving a lot of airplay on a variety of shows and then being chosen as one of Triple J’s ‘fresh Crop’ Artists of 2005. The Hills were hand picked to perform at The West Coast Blues N Roots Festival 2005, were a favourite at The Bridgetown Blues Festival 2005, played on stages with the likes of The Black Keys, Mountain Goats, The Living End, Dallas Crane, The Mess Hall, Kim Salmon, Jebediah, The Panics and The Drones just to name a few. There was a short tour of the east coast in May 2005, winning hearts all over the country. They were then invited back to Sydney for shows in November the same year.
2006 saw the gents deciding it was high time to record a new album, spending most of this year in the studio, with plans to release the new record in October. They also managed to be nominated for another 4 WAMi Awards (taking home another 2), graced the local stage at The Big Day Out, were asked to record a live set for Triple J’s ‘Home and Hosed’, have been invited back to The Bridgetown Blues Festival and played with such legends as The Beasts of Bourbon and The Dirty Three.
The new album will be ready for release in October with a national tour to follow. The Kill Devil Hills will also be releasing a limited edition vinyl import version of “Heathen Songs” through Spanish record label Bang! Records.
The Kill Devil Hills are one of the best live bands you’re ever likely to see, so don’t miss ’em! Coming soon to a town near you…