Tasty Likes The Taste Of Die! Die! Die!'s 'Harmony'
This is the fourth album from New Zealand power trio 'Die! Die! Die!'
Musically, they’re not a million miles away from the pioneering, alt rock, power trio Husker Du. They share the same urgency, tight drum beat and melodic guitar progressions. 'Harmony' has a cleaner, “spacey-er” sound than its predecessors and while the sound might have developed and mellowed slightly 'Die! Die! Die!’s' zeal has not.
Opening track "Oblivion" is the perfect opener, I love its relentless pounding bass and cheeky jangly guitar riff which slips us beautifully into the titular second track. Which, is then followed in turn by "Erase Waves", a song so saturated with the influence of the Minutemen, it’s dripping with the sound of D. Boon’s guitar.
There’s a mixture of soundscapes that follow, the dark, brooding distorted intro of "Trinity" flows into an optimistic bass driven power pop anthem, while "16 Shades of Blue" is lovely Kevin Shields-esque exercise in discordant guitar.
'Harmony' is the sound of a three piece spreading their wings, keen to see what else a guitar, bass and drum combination can produce. It’s not a spectacular album, but if you like the likes of Husker Du, Pavement, Jesus Mary Chain etc. It’s well worth a listen.
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