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“Die! Die! Die!”

Die! Die! Die!

S.A.F. Records

3.5 stars

New Zealand is a major exporter of agriculture and horticulture. You know, lots of macro terms like that. Add Die! Die! Die! to that list.

This youthful trio plays with infectious exuberance on its self-titled debut, and its members aren’t afraid to push music that sounds damaged, yet endearing.

Guitars sound discordant and fulminating one moment, caffeinated and angular the next. They’re prodded along by bounding basslines and massive drums captured perfectly by famed producer Steve Albini. The final piece of the puzzle is a vocalist who comes off like a wild-eyed, pill-popping freak.

Often, the music is manic. “Year Nine, Yeah!” is what a speed freak with a stuttering problem might sound like. Other times it settles into something even more ingratiating. “Ashtray! Ashtray!” (are you noticing how all the exclamation points are adding to the excitement?) is probably the most danceable distortion ever.

Die! Die! Die! isn’t a bunch of martinets like so many of today’s punks. But we’ve heard this kind of promise before (anyone remember The Vines?). Let’s hope these musicians don’t let their music go to their heads.

 

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