NEW MUSIC: Die! Die! Die! – How Soon Is Too Soon (It’s Not Vintage It’s Used)

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New Zealanders Die! Die! Die! are back with a new album and a new clip for the single ‘How Soon Is Too Soon (It’s Not Vintage It’s Used)’. It’s definitely not as punk driven and intense as some of their earlier material but it’s equally as commanding, drawing on distorted and looped effects and a kind of warmly-detached Bailter Space feel as the song circles around some fine bass playing.

The new album Charm. Offensive. is due out October 6th via the label Banished From The Universe. Preorders are now available from Flying Out.

ALBUM REVIEW: Die! Die! Die! | S W I M

Rating810393732_10152229859698589_2222968337031940421_nDie! Die! Die! formed their sonic aesthetic early in their career, those waves of coruscating guitars, tumbling melodic bass-lines, pummelling drums and Andrew Wilson’s passionate punk yelp. S W I M (someone who isn’t me) hits all the same marks while also sounding wider and more worldly, no doubt informed by relentless touring. The fuzz and repetition of ‘Angel’, the hyper speed MBV sound of ‘She’s Clear’ and ‘Crystal’s’ hooks create a visceral, dynamic and strangely comforting blend of noise and melody, perfectly placing them on the cusp of raw punk rock and post-punk like a nervy and hyperactive Bailter Space.

this review was first published in The Music (Aug ’14)

 

NEW MUSIC: Die! Die! Die! | Crystal

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Now into their second decade, New Zealand trio Die! Die! Die! will be releasing their fifth album S W I M on August 15th and the first taste of the new songs comes in the form of ‘Crystal’ with its damn fine rolling serrating verses.

New Zealand Tour (presented by Undertheradar, 95bFM and Phantom)

Friday 15th August, Neck Of The Woods, Auckland
Saturday 16th August, The Yot Club, Raglan
Sunday 17th August, Major Toms, Tauranga (matinee show)
Thursday 21st August, Great Job!, Palmerston North
Friday 22nd August, San Fran, Wellington
Wednesday 27th August, Barrytown Hall, Barrytown
Thursday 28th August, Pulse Bar, Wanaka
Friday 29th August, Chicks Hotel, Dunedin
Saturday 30th August, Wunderbar, Lyttleton, Christchurch

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LIVE REVIEW: Die! Die! Die! @ The Gaelic, Sydney (01/04/11)

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written by Chris Familton

Purple Sneakers’ recent move into gig nights showed they aren’t content to rely on just the pulling power of indie DJs and a nightclub atmosphere. It reconfirms their commitment to live music and with their Last Night event they’ve been showcasing some of the best local and international acts making waves in indiedom.

Bleeding Knees Club have been building a reputation for short, fast garage punk rock and they showed they were able to bang out a brief yet infectious set of songs. The duo have a healthy streak of slacker vibe, casual disdain and self effacing humour about them – the perfect mix for the music they play. Songs like Have Fun and Bad Guys from last year’s Virginity EP were wholly representative of their Jay Reatard/Black Lips approach and they were a bunch of fun like a 60s beach party.

Die! Die! Die! are one of those bands that never fails to impress live and tonight was no different. You knew that frontman Andrew Wilson would descend into the audience, that bassist Lachlan Anderson would bounce and lurch madly around the stage and that drummer Michael Prain would play as taut and intensely as ever – but that predictability still seems unpredictable when combined with volume, coruscating post punk guitar and pummeling – almost industrial rhythms.

They too played a set that felt too short but their music works best as short, sharp shocks. At times Anderson was a dead ringer for Ian Curtis – staring blankly out into space above the audience’s shaking heads while his wave bass-lines acted like musical anchors. There were moments when just bass and drums kept things moving while Wilson prowled the stage, barking out A.T.T.I.T.U.D. or getting hyper-melodic with oohs and las. The whoo! in We Built Our Own Oppressors felt like a call to arms for the crowd who slowly but surely were drawn into the band’s sonic world. By the time Wilson leapt with guitar and mic stand into the swaying throng they finally relented and engaged in a gentle yet exuberant indie mosh with grins plastered as bodies collided.

With Die! Die! Die! heading to the northern hemisphere for some extended touring it may be some time before we see them back here but if they keep building their reputation for stellar live performances like the one we witnessed they’ll surely have an eager and larger audience awaiting them.

this review first appeared in Drum Media

See all the photos from the show on our Flickr page HERE

PHOTOS: Die! Die! Die!/Bleeding Knees Club @ The Gaelic (01/04/11)

Here are a few of the shots from the great Die! Die! Die! / Bleeding Knees Club gig down at Last Night on Friday. Review will be up soon…

For more shots see our Flickr page.

 

Bleeding Knees Club | photo by Chris Familton
Bleeding Knees Club | photo by Chris Familton
Die! Die! Die! | photo by Chris Familton
Die! Die! Die! | photo by Chris Familton
Die! Die! Die! | photo by Chris Familton
Die! Die! Die! | photo by Chris Familton
Die! Die! Die! | photo by Chris Familton

INTERVIEW: Before Last Night | Die! Die! Die!

Die! Die! Die! grace/destroy the stage at the Gaelic this friday night as the headliners of this week’s Purple Sneakers Presents: Last Night shindig. The band has been touring non-stop since the release of their last album Form and are set to head straight to the USA after Sydney shows this week. Catch them if at all possible as they are an insanely great live act. We had a (very brief) chat to drummer Michael Prain ahead of the gig…

INTERVIEW:

Do any of you have any pre-gig rituals?

We have never had any pre-gig rituals, if all three of us are present and coherent that’s always a good start.

What do you personally bring to the sound of your band?

I bring the beats.

In 12 months time, what do you hope to have achieved musically?

We hope to remain pure to ourselves.

If you could curate Last Night, who would be your dream line-up?

The Breeders/Broadcast/Snapper/LOVE.

The last song you wrote, what is it about?

Learning to live and love in a world of frustrations.

Recording/Touring – if you had to choose one which would it be?

Can’t have one without the other for us these days.

Which Australian artist/band is setting the standard at the moment?

Kitchen’s Floor/Brisbane/Qld.

 

NEWS: New Zealand’s Taite Music Prize nominations…

The 2nd annual Taite Music Prize nominations were announced earlier this month. The Prize was established to champion the finest release by a New Zealand artist or group, specifically focusing on the artistic merit and creative excellence of one album released in the previous calendar year. The award acknowledges creativity and musicianship regardless of sales figures or genre.

The eight New Zealand albums in the running for the $10,000 award have been announced with The Naked and Famous, Die! Die! Die! and Street Chant in the running to become the second Taite winner. Last year’s inaugural winner was Lawrence Arabia with his Chant Darling album.

The 2011 finalists are:
Dudley Benson – Forest: Songs by Hirini Melbourne
Connan Mockasin – Please Turn Me Into the Snat
Julia Deans – Modern Fables
Die! Die! Die! – Form
Ladi6 – The Liberation Of
The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You
The Phoenix Foundation – Buffalo
Street Chant – Means

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 20th April in Auckland. Doubtful Sounds puts its hand up for a vote for Die! Die! Die (if we were able to vote!).