Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Around the World (Cup) In 30 Days: New Zealand

In a race against the clock - otherwise known as the final on July 11th - H-T-A is attempting to check out artists from around the 32 nations competing at the World Cup Finals in South Africa. Check out the rest of the posts to date here.

Earlier today New Zealand put on a late late show to draw with the more fancied Slovakian - team. Despite North Korea's bold efforts against the high ranking Brazilians, the drama of the NZ equaliser and the news that it means their first ever point in the finals make them today's choice. That and the fact that North Korea can consider playing rock n roll a crime, which isn't going to help my effort for their entry.

All of which sporting preamble brings us to Die! Die! Die!, an alternately raucous and melodically-inclined rock trio from Dunedin, NZ. 

The band have plied their trade for over five years, with releases reaching both the US and UK, as well as their own region. Indeed, their debut was produced by none other than one Mr Steve Albini himself, giving an idea as to their preferences when it comes to the more art-punk side of their sound. These  caustic influences are channeled into more expansive, harmonious passages of sound on new single We Built Our Own Oppressors, which nods to seminal acts like At the Drive-In and ...Trail of Dead

<a href="http://diediedie.bandcamp.com/track/we-built-our-own-oppressors">We Built Our Own Oppressors by Die! Die! Die!</a>
With third album Form - from which this track is taken - ready to go any time now, if this lead track whets your appetite as it does mine then you'll want to check keep your ear to the ground for the full length. 

For now, there are two prior albums to catch up on, which you can purchase here. In between World Cup games, of course.

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