More art-rock than post-hardcore
Die! Die! Die! Live at The Macbeth, Hoxton by Alex Thomson

Having played over thirty shows across Europe in the last two months, it's no surprise that for the last show of their tour, New Zealand's Die! Die! Die! come fully prepared to smash up the stage, the audience, and anything caught in-between.

2011 has seen the group deliver and tour their newest release ‘Form’, an album which delivers big hooks and spacious arrangements, but maintains the band's razor-sharp attack and punk aesthetic. Tonight, they bring a much-needed hour of cathartic anarchy to London's Macbeth, and no one is spared.

For all that, and despite the fact it's their finest work yet, the band only end up playing a selection of songs from their latest release, opting to raid their back catalogue and whipping the crowd into a state of joyous volatility. It's the sort of gig where you're constantly blocking elbows and legs to the face thanks to the band's maniacal presentation. Singer/guitarist Andrew Wilson is a wild-eyed inciter of mayhem, surrendering himself to a tempestuous mosh pit, sharing gang vocals with fans while they punch him in the head. Laborious? Certainly, but the audience eats it up.

They pulverise their way through early material like ‘151' and 'Sideways Here We Come', before encoring with 'Blue Skies', a straight-up rocker that threatens the structural integrity of the venue and leaves smashed pint glasses in its wake.

Die! Die! Die! may be loud and abrasive, but their presentation belies the fact that this is more art-rock than post-hardcore, a souped-up take on ‘Dirty’-era Sonic Youth, albeit with a rhythm section designed to bash your ears in.

Words by Sascha Kenny
Photo by Alex Thomson

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