Die! Die! Die!
:: Die! Die! Die! - Blue Skies ::
:: High Dependency Unit - Stupormodel ::
Die! Die! Die! is a band us here Robots like very much. Personally, I've seen them 5 times in the last 2 years. Not bad for a band from New Zealand who don't tour the States all that often. Fronted by guitarist/vocalist Andrew Wilson, the trio is anchored by bassist Lachlan Anderson and drummer Michael Prain. While Anderson and Prain lay down the heavy grooves, Wilson goes nuts, flailing himself around the stage, then moving into the audience, climbing tables, chairs, walls, anything that might get in his way. At one show I saw him scale a ten foot wall and disappear into the night, leaving his guitar to wail on its own.
On the surface they're a punk band, full of youthful abandon and angst, but they go so far as to describe themselves as "blues", and a close listen to the lyrics explains why. Beyond that, there are elements of Gang of Four, Wire, The Fall and other late 70s/early 80s post punk prototypes.
Their new album, Promises, Promises (available in vinyl format!) is highly recommended. The song from this 7", "Blue Skies" is included on the album, but this is an earlier version. The other side of the split, by fellow NZ band High Dependency Unit is called "Stupormodel". A quick look at their myspace site seems to indicate they're not nearly as active as their splitmates, but a new album is promised for next month. I hope you enjoy these tart slices of kiwi.