Like Nick Cave, the Go-Betweens, and Midnight Oil, the Triffids resided in the rarified strata of Aussie rock bands that carved an indelible indie niche in the mid- to late Eighties. They did produce a series of minor classics, all of which are due for domestic reissue by the Domino label this year and next. The first of these, Born Sandy Devotional
, is generally acknowledged as a tour de force and a fitting epitaph for the band's chief visionary, the late David McComb. Newly bolstered by nine heretofore-unreleased demos, outtakes, and live tracks, it provides an aural journey through the Australian outback, its parched imagery evoking desolate wilderness or as the song titles suggest, a "Lonely Stretch" and "Wide Open Road." Their vacant gaze and bold atmospheric arrangements remain both haunting and harrowing.