ARTIST: Did You Die
RELEASE: Weird Love
RELEASE DATE: 17/11/15
RECORD COMPANY: Weiner Records
If Canada’s east coast is a shoegaze stronghold, then the west could be the place where those 90s influences take on a more serrated edge, if Did You Die’s debut album is anything to go by. Released late last year on Weiner Records, a rather dryly-named sub of the amazing Burger Records, lyrically Weird Love covers many of rock and roll’s favourite topics, including loves won and lost, insecurities and egos. Vancouver’s Did You Die describe themselves as ‘slacker-rock’, but this record is actually an energetic effort, full of rollicking rhythms that bound along, albeit filtered through the soothing amniotic fluid of fuzz.
I Felt I Never Had You fires off like a rocket, with crunchy guitars and big drums. Pretty Faces is sweet, with its lovely female voice adding extra colours, and sour, with its brooding bass line. Hey What’s Wrong is powered along by some big chords and weighty drums. There’s a sultry psych feel to Somewhere Girls with its scorching solo. The swimmy sounds of Hard On Me’s verse contrast with the jagged chorus chords that could hint at some hardcore influences. It’s on So Empty that we might get that first sight of Did You Die’s slackerism. Those guitar licks are still pretty tightly timed though!
The trashy fuzz and pounding drums on Belinda Carlisle bring to mind the Mary Chain, as the bass growls. What A Day is angular noise-pop, with anthemic tendencies. So Much To Tell You rocks and rolls along on tumbling drums, and there’s a refrain for the female vocal. The record closes fuzzily, with Sidewinders alt rock feel transitioning into a heady haze of reverby drums and delayed vocals.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.