TEST REGION Riverboats Music Festival

THE KILL DEVIL HILLS

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The Kill Devil Hills formed in sun-bleached Perth, Western Australia, in 2003 as a quiet acoustic 3-piece project, but that was a dumb idea (too quiet) and didn't last very long, quickly swelling ranks like a looming tide, until 15 years and a few divorces later it has settled down (sort of) as 6-piece purveyor of tuneful cacophony, beautiful bastard noise, ugly but honest ballads, and gene-spliced sonic travesties....in other words, a rock band with a heart of mud and coal.

Five albums, a few 7"s, a live record, several band members, a few laps of the planet and some late late nights later, like the fabled Hydra, they are difficult - nay, impossible - to slay. The band has toured Australia, playing major festivals, venues of all sizes, with bands of all ranges, from the Beasts of Bourbon, the Dirty Three, the Drones, through to Jolie Holland and Justin Townes Earle, in the process finding themselves roaming Canada, the US and most parts of Western Europe.

An entrancing, visceral, emotive, sensual and usually very loud live act, this is one of those special Australian-mutant bands that only remote continents can cough up, a species confined to islands, fever-dreams, and occasionally to strut the stage a while...