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Die Princess Die Die Princess Die

1. Introduction 2. Hunting Lowla 3. Pardon The Interruption 4. White Signal 5. Hunting (remix) 6. The Shakes 7. Elk's Blood 8. Cinatic 9. Cinatic (remix)
2004 Cut Lips Recordings
Our score 7

by Cory

I had barely even looked at this record before it had been earmarked for the trash can. The band is called Die Princess Die, all the artwork is washed out black and white pictures colored pink and the press release was so annoyingly hip that I refuse to quote it. So why did I even bother putting it in You're probably thinking "Because that's your job, asshole!" (and I'd be lying if I denied that was part of it) but the only real reason I even listened to this record was the actual contents of the cover art, a tight close-up of a filthy, thick mustache. I figured that despite all the undesirable outward qualities of this record, any band with enough of a sense of humor to put a giant mustache on their cover couldn't be all bad. What I found contained beneath the mustache was a dirty rock record sprinkled with a wealth of musical elements, one that simultaneously takes so many musical approaches that the end result is dizzying at times. If you could imagine the combination of Converge's latest material with the hook-laden electro-fuzz of Big Black, you'd be on the right track. While they usually aren't particularly heavy, they are always just plain LOUD. The vocals combine the throaty wails of Sweet Cobra with the attitude of A.R.E. Weapons. Despite the frequent technically creative drumming on this record, it's also not particularly complicated, relying instead on its thick grooves to build the framework of the songs. Though there's a lot more going on here than I can really capture in words and comparisons, this should give you an idea of whether or not you'd be interested in checking them out. Bottom Line: This isn't the sort of record that I'm used to getting so a lot of the usual criticisms don't apply here. It's impressive without being amazing. For anyone to say that they're not doing their own thing would be pretty absurd, but one might not necessarily care for their brand of rock. Fans of loud and progressive music should appreciate a band that has obscured the line between loud indie rock and all the often confusing genres that loosely affiliated make up the term "hardcore" these days. If you dig what bands like These Arms Are Snakes or Blood Brothers are doing (not necessarily with their sound, but with their musical approach), or if you just wish more bands were marching to the beat of their own double-bass-less drums, check out Die Princess Die's record. It's one of the most enjoyable debuts of 2004.

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hotaction_ 11/16/2004 2:27:09 PM

sorry but i got nothing from that review. at all. what is this? and whats the deal with no preview tracks? maybe next time

dutchstep_ 11/16/2004 6:07:59 PM

right now, i'm about to go look at porn and i will never think about this band again. extreme gayry.

JoeDPD_ 11/19/2004 3:31:23 AM


paincake_ 12/1/2004 8:51:43 PM

Die Princess Die is a good loud band... the artwork is terrible.. but the sounds are good.