The Kill Devil Hills

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The Kill Devil Hills
Origin Fremantle, Australia
Genres Blues-rock
Years active 2003–present
Labels Reverberation Records
Shock Records
Website Official website
Members Brendon Humphries
Steve Joines
Steve Gibson
Alex Archer
Ryan Dux
Past members Michael de Grussa
Lachlan Gurr
Justin Castley

The Kill Devil Hills were formed in 2003 in Fremantle, Western Australia, as an acoustic, country-tinged 3-piece, which slowly swelled its ranks to become a 6-piece outfit.

The Kill Devil Hills released their debut album Heathen Songs in August 2004 and nationally in February 2005 on Reverberation Records. In the same month, The Kill Devil Hills were nominated for 6 WAMi Awards taking home "Best Blues/Roots Act" and "Best Country Music Act". Triple J picked up the album, with Heathen Songs receiving 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 Kill Devil Hills have been featured on Triple J's "Like A Version", JTV and the Lonely Planet documentary series "Six Degrees" on SBS. The band were hand picked to perform at The West Coast Blues & Roots Festival[1] 2005, and were a favourite at The Bridgetown Blues Festival 2005, where they played on stages with the likes of The Black Keys, The 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 band taking 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 (winning for the second year in a row - "Best Blues/Roots Act" and "Best Country Music Act"), they 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 [2] and played with such legends as The Beasts of Bourbon and Dirty Three.

The band's second album, The Drought was released 7 October 2006 and was followed by a national tour. The Kill Devil Hills also released a limited edition vinyl import version of Heathen Songs through Spanish record label Bang! Records (a Spanish label which has many other underground Australian bands on its roster).

The Kill Devil Hills returned to the studio in early 2009 to record their third studio album, Man, You Should Explode, produced by Burke Reid. It was released nationally on 5 September 2009 on Torn and Frayed (distributed by Shock). The album was given a 4 star review in Rolling Stone Australia Magazine. The band also embarked on a 2 month European tour in late 2010 with the European release of Man, You Should Explode on vinyl through the Spanish Label Bang! Records.

Current members[edit]

  • Brendon Humphries (vocals, steel/acoustic guitar, electric guitar banjo, piano)
  • Steve Joines (vocals, acoustic/electric guitar, slide guitar)
  • Todd Pickett (vocals, drums, percussion)
  • Alex Archer (violin, piano, electric guitar, clarinet, slide guitar, organ)
  • Ryan Dux (vocals, bass)


  • Justin Castley (electric bass, double bass, tin whistle)
  • Lachlan Gurr (vocals, mandolin, banjo)
  • Michael de Grussa (piano, double bass, banjo, vocals)
  • Steve Gibson (vocals, drums, percussion, xylophone)


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