Die! Die! Die!
SWIM
Small Town America

 

Named after the internet acronym for “someone who isn’t me”, and described by lead singer Andrew Wilson as “an album about surviving”, Swim, the fifth long player from New Zealand post-punk trio Die! Die! Die!, marks a subtle yet significant shift in the band’s sound. Co-prod­uced by the group and Chris Townend (Violent Femmes, Portishead), the 12 tracks are snotty blasts of brattish punk, the sound of friends getting hot and sweaty in a dingy basement. This time around, however, the noisy Kiwis (who will bring their incendiary live show to Causeway Bay’s Focal Fair, as part of their China tour, on September 8) have polished some of the rough edges by inserting moments of space among the dense angular squalls. Given room to breathe, the band’s frenetic blend of shoe­gaze and modern post-punk feels more contrived and (uhh!) mature than 2012’s Harmony, although Swim is still far from sedate. It’s a white-knuckle ride of scissoring guitars and a tight pummelling rhythm section, but now, with added floaty synth bits, there’s new life in Die! Die! Die!