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By Hilary Simmons
August 08, 2011
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By Hilary Simmons
August 08, 2011
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Kill Devil Hills are a folk-tinged five piece from Western Australia who have a heart-and-ball-rending sound. Variously described as swamp-rock, jungle-punk, country-rock and the blues, their songs are a ragged susurration of sorrow; a raw acknowledgement of the unsettling and inexplicable sadness that lurks within the human heart.

That’s not to say their music is melancholic or dreary; it’s rousing and incendiary, and serves the soul well when you’ve been drinking too much. Their story-telling ballads first secured them Triple J radio airplay in 2005 with the release of Heathen Songs, and they are renowned for their stomping performances both in the studio and on stage. They have just returned from an all-encompassing 40-date odyssey through Europe with an arsenal of tantalisingly troubled new tracks in tow for their fourth album.

On Thursday August 18, Kill Devil Hills are offering punters a preview of tracks from their forthcoming album at the Annandale Hotel. Get down to see music that has – at its soul – excitement, anger, and sadness; ennobled by courage and sincerity. This is music that will surge magnificently through your brains and your blood from the soles of your feet.

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