New Orleans four-piece Cane Hill are starting the new year with something altogether, well, new. Binning off their heavy tendencies, at least temporarily, they’ve returned with “six songs of dark, twisted, and semi-acoustic beauty” – new EP, ‘Kill the Sun’. Vocalist Elijah Witt spills the beans on their latest evolution.
Hey Witt, how’s it going?
It’s going well. The whole tour has been damn insane.
You guys seemed to be in a really good place after the release of your last album, are you all feeling positive at the mo?
I think as a band, and as people, we’ve grown significantly building up to this EP. We feel positive about the music for absolute sure. We’ve got a lot of faith that even though it’s a curveball people will be able to sink into it like we do.
‘Kill The Sun’ is a bit different, isn’t it – what sparked the idea for it?
We listen to a lot of 90s and 80s bands, and they were always experimenting with their sound. They did weird things and put out strange works that didn’t always sit evenly with their normal music. We wanted to try our hands at that. Everyone in the band is talented enough to be good at more than just straightforward metal. It seems like a shame to let that go to waste.
Are all these songs brand new, or have some of them been in your locker for a while?
All of them are new. We rarely ever put anything out that we’ve sat on for a long time. There’s constant progress with us, so we try not to look back at all.
Will any of them get a live airing?
That’s something we’re definitely working on. It takes some equipment we don’t have yet since we don’t want to do it with a bunch of tracks. Every sound you hear we want to be able produce it ourselves, leaning towards the indie genre or the Los Angeles pop realm of music — a lot of midi controllers, pads, and live saxophone and cajons. The whole nine yards. So it might be until mid or late next year that we do it but if there’s response to the rest of the songs like there is with ‘Kill the Sun’ it wouldn’t be very fair for us NOT to play it live.