Goods Yard, Brighton Station
New Zealand has been in the limelight of late due to a certain film. Not as well known is a band who have released a few records and can provide an energetic live performance. If you prefer your gigs to show a bit of sweat, endless guitar thrashing, boundless energy and a concoction of punk, noise pop, grunge, rock and indie all thrown in, with a dose of ranting vocals… you can’t go wrong with Kiwi rockers, Die! Die! Die! They do have their softer side with ‘Sideways Here They Come’. And if that’s too quiet for you, then ‘We Built Our Own Oppressors’ will make amends. With their fourth album, Harmony, released last year, expect all of the above and much more.
I first caught eye of them in 2011, attracted by their band name alone listed in The Great Escape programme. For some strange reason, this reminded me of 90’s British band ‘The Cooper Temper Clause’, although I’ve never known why to this day. It was a packed out afternoon show and memorable for frontman and guitarist Andrew Wilson coming off stage with his mic and performing in the crowd. This was certainly one of my highlights of that weekend.
If you’ve listened to their songs, but have never seen them live, then you’ve already missed half the experience. Having witnessed them previously at The Hope and shortly after at The Prince Albert, this is a great opportunity to catch them back in Brighton, once again in intimate settings. If you’re new to this band, you’re in for a treat. They say Thursday is the new Friday. If that’s the case, then why not start your weekend at the Green Door Store.
I should really start getting some earplugs one day, because I can still hear ringing from last Thursday. Having just recently played South By South West Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, the New Zealand three-piece rockers, Die! Die! Die! made a welcome return to Brighton for an intimate show at the Green Door Store.
Dissonants started the proceedings with songs consisting of short bursts of instrumentals mixing quick changing barre chords and note playing with rock bass picking. It is a promising introduction to the evening ahead.
Noise favourites and Brighton based Negative Pegasus get better every time I see them. Every drum beat and heavily infused guitar riff was a pleasure to hear especially ‘Floating Omen’, a frontline assault of five special minutes, where I would be quite happily dance to this all night.
I said previously in my preview that “a concoction of punk, noise pop, grunge, rock and indie all thrown in, with a dose of ranting vocals” was expected from headline band ‘Die! Die! Die!’ and they didn’t disappoint. On a cold spring night, this was the fire that was needed to kick start the heat. Not surprisingly, enthusiastic frontman Andrew Wilson at times felt the urge to throw himself into the crowd, but with merely a few seconds gone, would quickly return to the stage. Perhaps there was a lack of atmosphere compared with gigs gone by or they were suffering from fatigue having just completed recent gigs in France and Belgium bundled with their trip to the states. Not using this as an excuse, he confidently stepped off and would plant himself and the mic right in the middle of the crowd. Energy levels were turned up a notch, and you can feel the expected high-octane performance.
My ears may have taken a bashing, but it was worth it. It was a shame there wasn’t a bigger crowd to see it.
Melting Vinyl is a truely independent promotions company, local people work with us and we keep the money in the city of Brighton, and are very much inspired by the creative, buzzing sunny shores. We are committed to bringing you quality local, national and international artists. The venues we use vary from intimate spaces to unusual places such as cinemas and churches to the 1,800 seated Dome. It’s all music that’s our personal taste and that you want to hear. It’s important to us that the shows are well booked, well presented and ultimately you enjoy yourself.