Release Date: Feb 5, 2008
Record label: S.A.F.
Genre(s): Rock, Punk
Not an exuberant bunch of murder-lovers but three baby-faced New Zealanders with a bloodthirst for art punk, Die! Die! Die are a peculiarly lip-smacking band. This shouldn't be so. Take Blinding, their second album's opener. A song stuffed to the eyeballs with emo cliches and weak lyrics, it still, magically, totally compels.
Although Promises Promises was released in the States by the same small indie label that handled their self-titled debut, in their native New Zealand Die! Die! Die! is now signed to major-label behemoth Universal. Similarly, in place of Steve Albini, who engineered the debut, Promises Promises is considerably more slickly produced by Shayne Carter, leader of the vintage NZ indie band the Straitjacket Fits. Between these two changes, Promises Promises sounds almost like the work of an entirely different band.