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Reviewed by Dannii Vallely-Te Kani

Die! Die! Die!: Swim

Reviewed by Dannii Vallely-Te Kani

Die! Die! Die!: Swim

With more than a decade of global touring behind them Die! Die! Die! have certainly had some great achievements and made their mark internationally. Keeping to the strong pace of endless activity, only a year after their last release comes this fifth album.

While you can hedge this band into genres like punk rock, post-punk revival, noise pop or indie punk, they always deliver a degree of signature style whilst showcasing variations and growth.

The first track of ‘Swim’ hits like a wall, making you feel like you went from your first coffee of the day straight to your fourth, lulling you into the idea that this might be how every track will effect you. What never ceases to amaze is how well the three-piece blend that distinctive massive sound into a variety of sub-genres’ tempo.

Single Crystal feels like a more mature song, a bit more melodic, and Get Hit is more reflective of what you can expect live. There’s consistency to the 12 tracks here, my one criticism being that structurally many of the songs have a tendency to be very similar, which gives the album a formulaic feel.

Full of punchy riffs and tight structure and musicianship, it’s no surprise they translate so well internationally, the trio seem to be fluent in the international language of angst.