New Zealand trio Die! Die! Die! brings its good cheer to the states: constantly touring band to deliver Promises Promises hot on the heels of playing the Big Day Out Festival in Australia, US dates including SXSW planned for spring 2008.
“If the name didn’t tip you off, Die! Die! Die! have little patience for pop concessions. Abrasive and bare-bones, the band makes a lot out of a little… …the result is mind-numbingly satisfying.” – Spin
“Die! Die! Die!’s self-titled debut is a gem, jam-packed with nine tracks of urgent garage- and post-punk coupled with hip-shaking rhythms…” – Alternative Press
“DDD smash head-on the decidedly British post-punk of Wire into the snotty anger of American hardcore act Black Flag, bringing forth an exciting punk fusion from the other land down under.” – Skyscraper
Hailing from the remote area of Dunedin, New Zealand, Die! Die! Die! is the only band of its type to recently emerge from its native hometown. With that said, it’s been ages since the members of Die! Die! Die! have returned. Having spent the better part of the past three years on the road, Die! Die! Die! wants to make your head, heart, and soul its home. To that end, the group has announced the February 12th, 2008 release of its sophomore effort, Promises Promises on Los Angeles based SAF Records and a slew of live dates to support the album, including Australia’s legendary Big Day Out Festival and South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX. Download the album’s lead track “Sideways, Here We Come” now (MP3).
Die! Die! Die! has been compared to an intriguing mix of bands, including …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Wire, Sonic Youth and kiwi faves like Bailter Space and The Clean. A video for the song “Out of the Blue” from the band’s debut album can be seen HERE.
The boys in the band — vocalist/guitarist Andrew Wilson, drummer Michael Prain and bassist Lachlan Anderson — traveled to Chicago two years ago to cut its first self-titled release with Steve Albini in a brick basement (responsible for some of the greatest records of all time). Needless to say, this record sent the trio on a whirlwind series of countless tours (supporting Blood Brothers, Wire, Slint and Wolfmother) and gained it considerable world wide notoriety which no band from their native Dunedin, New Zealand had seen since the Dunedin sound heyday of the 80’s.
In August 2007, Die! Die! Die! recorded its new album Promises Promises with popular New Zealand songwriter Shayne Carter producing. The record was engineered by Kevin McMahon in upstate New York in The Walkmen’s Marcata studio.
Reminiscent of the spirit and sounds of Black Flag, The Pixies, The Wipers, Wire, and Bailter Space, Die! Die! Die! delivers an unfiltered and powerful stage show. The band’s relentless tour schedule and onstage antics has earned it a reputation as one of the most energetic and hardest working bands around. Shows for Die! Die! Die! go on with fearless and confident delivery. In a wild fit, Wilson occasionally removes his guitar (with microphone in hand) to enter the crowd. This is a most effective way of dissolving the invisible crowd/performer boundary as Prain and Anderson keep the pummeling rhythms flowing without missing a beat.
The trio embodies a vitality that has long since made its way into the recent rock and punk circuits. There isn’t a rehearsed set of messages or stage antics, no glitter, no make-up, no phony sass. Cutting to the quick, Die! Die! Die!’s songs and live delivery are nothing short of awe-inspiring. These three are on the forefront of a new revolution without the aid of gimmicks or pretense.
Cathartic, direct, indispensable… You will know the sound as Die! Die! Die!
More Quotes From The Press:
“This trio has called Dundedin and Auckland their home but are in actual fact more like confrontational musical nomads plying a situationist international inspired lifestyle and calling it a band. The fact that they can make a simply brilliant noise along the way has been duly noted by fans around the world.” – CMJ
“This hit the player and eye’s shot up! Totally in your face, like they’re playing vacuum cleaners, and their vicious, spare, distorto-pounding and vocals are hair raising like a splatter film.” – The Big Takeover
“Willful dissonance is often the terrain of effete art rockers, but Die! Die! Die! pull it off with cool aplomb, recalling the abrasive hypnotism of mid career Sonic Youth and the noisy vigor of Jesus Lizard.” – The Sentimentalist
“This first full-length from New Zealand’s Die! Die! Die! is a shattered, angular masterpiece of animal instincts and serrated edges.” – Exclaim!
“…full of an indescribable power and beauty.” – Chord Magazine
“Play this record to really f***ing appreciate your own dull ache, to wallow in the disaster of your own creating – and secretly enjoy every last wail.” – Plan B
Promises Promises Tracklisting:
Release Date: February 12, 2008
02. Britomart Sunset
03. Sideways, Here We Come (MP3)
04. Death To The Last Romantic
07. Maybe: Definitely
08. People Talk
09. Promises, Promises
10. Hold Me
11. Echo Echo
12. Throw A Fit
13. Blue Skies