Die Die Die head out on their post SXSW North American tour this week and feature a couple of stops with Detroit's Little Claw. Together, they'll be making an appearance this Saturday at the Hemlock in San Francisco. The New Zealand trio, Die Die Die have garnered quite a buzz around themselves over the past couple of years playing with cresting acts like Wolfmother, their cronies from back home, and such legendary Aussie acts such as Beasts of Bourbon. With just a couple of releases notched into their headboards, one of which recorded by Steve Albini, they've certainly carved out an interesting sound that's catching on like a genital rash. After their residency at the New York hot spot, The Annex this past summer, it looks like the fire is set. Even the befuddled and out-of-touch mainstream rags have taken notice, which can only conclude that they're offering up a sound potent enough to withstand the evident diluting that comes with pop success. Their songs slide into a post-punk groove that's somewhat reminiscent of early Joy Division, the interplay between the bass and drums create intricately dangerous rhythms that gallop toward cliffs of scabrous and craggy guitar, that as a self-described “live act,” translate to an unbelievable show. You can pick up their self titled CD here.
Little Claw is possibly the perfect band to accompany Die Die Die. Their songs are slightly more haunting and disjointed, but it certainly bridges the crammed cadence of the sound of their tour mates to their more sparse and eerie delivery. Their sinister hymns muster an image of cult-like runes carved into the arm of a depressed teenage girl. It's that good. Sharing a split single with none other than Michael Yonkers due out this month on X! Recordings, another in the works on Ecstatic Peace and after their amazing debut on Ypsilanti Records last year, its seems like the cult has just begun to form.