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Die! Die! Die! - Album Review: This Is Not An Island Anymore

26 Feb 2022 // A review by Darryl Baser

Die! Die! Die! cut their musical teeth in Dunedin many years ago and promptly set about conquering the world.

This new release, This Is Not An Island Anymore is just as acerbic as their first releases. Drummer Michael Prain and bass player Lachlan Anderson are a tight unit, staying in synch through mathematically tricky tempo changes.

There’s one thing which really stands out on this 9-song 20 minute album, and that's how much more Andrew Wilson’s vocals are audible with comprehensible words. It’s refreshing, and in my opinion it really adds to the songs.

The album opens up with the title track, which builds in intensity, while the pace remains plodding and brooding, like when someone is running, but you have them cornered so you have no need to hurry.

Track two, Is Darren There, is more in the more traditional Die! Die! Die! vein - raw, fast, and visceral.

I love song three; the 55 second long Takaparawhau, it reminds me of bands like The Dead C. It features layered guitars, rippling like water, and it's as close as Die! Die! Die! ever get to a pop song. The next track Losing Sight, Keep On Kicking is a killer track, with an equally fantastic, albeit brutal video.

8 Months In The Lighthouse is a longer tune, at 3:39 duration. It opens in a menacing style and has the equally menacing lyrics "don’t judge me by my actions, I was just following orders". As a songwriter I’m always interested to know what the inspiration was.

15 Years follows, and I'm sure it will be a crowd favourite when played live; with its plodding, head nodding tempo possibly the most un-complicated I’ve ever heard Michael drum. There are also a few of his trademark fills towards the end.

Never Tire Looking At The Sun, is classic Die! Die! Die!; short, sharp, and to the point with a central lyrical phrase which is repeated.

The closing title is almost as long as the song: Imagine (Spending So Long Making Other People Feel Like Shit) and it’s a doozy. I wonder who it’s about. At one point the glorious raucous noise drops out and Andrew casually says, "You’re not a very nice person". It’s a great way to leave the album, and leave the listener wondering; who was that about?

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Die! Die! Die!

Die! Die! Die! is a three-piece band from Auckland that was formed out of the ashes of Xanadu, Carriage H and Rawer. They play songs that are abrasive and catchy, fast and loud and like people who dance at their shows.

In the year since their first show together they played over 100 shows including three tours (each) of New Zealand and Australia, and one small one of USA.


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Releases

This Is Not An Island Anymore
Year: 2022
Type: Album
O
Year: 2019
Type: EP
Charm.Offensive
Year: 2017
Type: Album
What Did You Expect?
Year: 2015
Type: EP
SWIM
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Harmony (Special Edition)
Year: 2013
Type: Unknown
Harmony
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Form
Year: 2010
Type: Album
Promises Promises
Year: 2007
Type: Album
Locust Weeks
Year: 2006
Type: EP
Die! Die! Die!
Year: 2005
Type: Album
Die! Die! Die!
Year: 2005
Type: EP

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