Die! Die! Die! : Form
By River Tucker
The fifth release from New Zealand’s favourite experimental pop/punk trio has been highly anticipated. The ten-track album released on Flying Nun Records is touted as one of the best of 2010. However unless you subscribe to the lo-fi is endearing ethos; the production could have used more polish. Holding true to elements of the Dunedin sound and a fast paced melodic simplicity the album moves further towards the pop spectrum and as such is more accessible than the bands previous releases. The sound at times takes on an ethereal quality, most evident on Daze and Shine Through that also sees guitarist/vocalist Andrew Wilson using a friendlier patina in his vocal delivery. Michael Prain’s frenetic and infectious drumming is well complemented by Lachlan Anderson’s rich up front bass lines. Recorded at the Lab in Mt. Eden and produced by Die Die Die and Nick Roughen, co-engineering with Thomas Healy, the mastering was undertaken in Los Angeles by Dave Cooley of Elysian Masters. ‘Form’ is a well-performed alternative release, however the bands strength remains with their live performances.