The Kill Devil Hills have once more surmounted the tyranny of distance, that lonely stretch the Triffids wrote about, touring Australia in support of their fourth studio album In On Under Near Water
Live, The Kill Devil Hills play with the swagger and self-assured confidence of a band on top of their game. And rightly so, the highly regarded purveyors of rock angst, sun-ripened restraint and fierce poetry have just released, In On Under Near Water, which Sydney Morning Herald proclaimed “is as intense as it is sparse, with the album’s potency deriving as much from the distance as from the band’s bruising cadences and singer Brendon Humphries’ evocative lyrics” (4 stars), while The Guardian asserted, “In On Under Near Water is a brilliant showcase of what the Devils do best”. In On Under Near Water thoughtfully segues from brooding prog-rock, into eerie atmospherics and spectral balladry. The melodies and arrangements are innovative, and woven tight, while the lyrics and their delivery are both warm, poignant and at turns unsettling.