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Already Heard Hears Die! Die! Die!'s 'Harmony' And Loves It

It should come to no surprise that their sound and songwriting have now reached such perfectly-honed levels, arguably placing the threesome on a podium of contemporary masters of the genre

“This must be absolutely smashing live!” are the handful of words that, almost necessarily, come to mind when one’s ears are confronted to the noise-rock sonorities of 'Die! Die! Die!' Adequately equipped with the traditional garage-rock set-up, the Dunedin-hailing lads provide angular, abrasive, shoegaze-tinged, alternative rock that isn’t averse to tasteful endeavours into melodic territory. Considering ‘Harmony’ is the New Zealand outfit’s fourth album, it should come to no surprise that their sound and songwriting have now reached such perfectly-honed levels, arguably placing the threesome on a podium of contemporary masters of the genre (fitting somewhere alongside the Raveonettes and The Jesus And Mary Chain).

"Oblivious Oblivion" opens to the sort of wavering noise that consistently finds itself the warm background of a large portion of their musical output. Driven by its bass, the energetic (yet measured) track introduces a lean, garage-style, approach that is considerably less effect-laden than the rest of the album, an experiment they complete with a simple Pixies-esque chorus. ‘Harmony’, on the other hand, is unrelentingly noisy and packed with enough effects to shame the Transformer movies. Effortlessly working transitions between the deceptively abrasive verse and poppy choruses, the track is a shining example of 'Die! Die! Die!’s' ability to meld sweet melodies with the somewhat uninviting surface of noise-rock to great effect. It is joined, to similar success, by "Trinity", and  downright superb closer "Get Back", which successively provides all of the album’s most visceral wall-of-noise moments.

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