Die! Die! Die! are best experienced live, and the smaller and sweatier the venue, the better; purveyors of high-bpm noise pop, to properly appreciate this band you need to be able to smell the sweat, feel the intensity and see up-close the furious passion in singer Andrew Wilson’s eyes. Sadly, the records have never truly captured this peculiar gigging genius. ‘Form’, their third LP, first saw the light of day in the band’s native New Zealand last summer, and is only now getting a UK release. ‘Lil Ships’ is emo on amphetamines, the soundtrack to a stolen car being joy-ridden perilously close to a cliff edge, while album high point ‘Daze’, weirdly enough, welds hazy guitar lines to a baggy beat. ‘Form’ still isn’t a live show, but is still a great example of what three blokes can achieve with that older-than-the-hills combination of guitar, bass and drums.

By Chris Watkeys

Originally published in issue 26 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. March 2011

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