DIE! DIE! DIE! - Harmony

Die! Die! Die! - Harmony

10 songs
37:32 minutes
***** ****
Golden Antenna

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Shortly after the release of their third album Form, New Zealand trio Die! Die! Die! recorded already their following record, but it took two more years for Harmony to come out. This is probably due to the heavy touring the band did in the meantime. Having started in 2003, the three musicians from Dunedin, the musical capital city of New Zealand, never gave up their DIY punk ethos, but this didn’t prevent them from continuously evolving their musical genre. Right now, they have arrived somewhere between indie rock and post punk, but that is just very generally describing what they are doing.

Die! Die! Die! are always at their best when they let the guitars scream, as on the fierce and short opener Oblivious Oblivion. Modern indie rock – with an emphasis on rock – is mixed with the nonchalance of punk rock and the warped guitar sounds reminiscent of the better side of shoegaze from the late Eighties and early Nineties. This is followed by the title trick which more or less resumes that tactic, but by adding some catchy pop appeal, it works even better! Another side of the band can be found on the two and a half minute short Erase Waves, where they combine post punk with Fugazi-like Dischord punk into something different, yet in my opinion not as charming as the preceding songs. Fortunately the latter prevail, with other highlights being Trinity and No One Owns A View.

One might accuse Die! Die! Die! from borrowing too much from gone times, but in their case we have to let it pass. In fact the Kiwi trio knows exactly to blend those vintage elements into their more contemporary devices, and thus should be able to win over young audiences as well as older semesters who grew up with the likes of Fugazi and My Bloody Valentine. In their native country, Die! Die! Die! no longer have to persuade anyone. Even though Harmony only came out this year, it was shortlisted for the prestigious New Zealandish Taite Music Prize last year already. Harmony may be a little on the short side, but there is a lot of substance to be discovered in the short forty minutes of this once again tremendous record.

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