5 Track, EP (2009, Robotic Empire)
The very mention of New Zealand music in most circles will raise references to the Flying Nun sound. Not so Dial’s circle. These Wellingtonians play a bleak uncompromising brand of post-hardcore that pays more of a nod to the destructo sounds of AmRep records than it does jangle.
While it’s not exactly inventing anything extraordinary, the calculated noise of ‘Almost at the Border’ – with Tali Williams scorched-earth vocals – grips you by the collar and shakes. Elsewhere on tracks like ‘Sweating’ and ‘Permanent Opium War’, they explore more of a math-rock dirge with punishing heavy riffage.
This was a demo that was originally recorded in 2007 and re-released in June on Robotic Empire records, the Virginian label known for noisy hardcore acts such as pg99, City of Caterpillar, Red Sparowes and Torche. How they came to release a semi-obscure Wellington band that have not played together in a long time is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless the chaotic post-hardcore seems a perfect match for both band and label.
by Tim Scott