Die So Fluid - The World Is Too Big For One Lifetime
Posted by Hunter on Wed, 09 Jun 2010.
Georgina 'Grog' Lisee - vocals, bass,
Drew Richards - guitar,
Al Fletcher - drums, backing vocals.
It’s easy to see the obvious appeal of Die So Fluid’s singer, Georgina ‘Grog’ Lisee, and the marketing does seem to revolve around her, but there is so much more to Grog then just being a pretty face. In fact there is a whole lot more to Die So Fluid then just ‘Grog’ herself. With her prior musical appearances in/with Feline and the Kelly Osbourne band there’s no doubting her talent, but with Die So Fluid, she seems to have found a fantastic tight knit unit with Drew Richards and Al Fletcher. Die So Fluid first surfaced in 2001, with a debut EP, Operation Hypocrite, and their self released full debut album, Spawn of Dysfunction appearing in 2004. Quite frankly, it’s taken too long to release their third album 'The World is Too Big for One Lifetime', because it’s a huge step forward.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I first popped the CD in to play. The album kicks off with the track “Figurine” and a choral introduction reminiscent of the sort of thing you’d find from Within Temptation or Evanescence, and for a supposed three piece band, the sound is truly astounding, wonderfully rich, and not treated to the usual trick of “volume is king” that seems to be plaguing some of the music industry these days. The riffs progress beautifully with a solid pulsing bass line, and the guitars instantly catch your attention. And just when you think that there isn’t any more musical space to fill, ‘Grog’s vocals kick in, and that’s where the similarities with Within Temptation and Evanescence end. Her voice is natural, it’s not forced, not trying to be anybody else, not pitched too high, and there’s a sense that there is much more yet to come, and she certainly delivers. Normally the first song can be a bit of a deal breaker, but “Figurine” inspired me to wait for the second track “Mercury”, and I’m glad I did. I think out of the whole album this was the track that swung the vote into a “hell yes!!” thumbs up of music appreciation. “Mercury” is simply put, a foot stomping anthemic, singalong romp that sweeps you along with its infectious energy, and I guarantee that when the CD player stops, “Mercury” will still be lurking there, rumbling along, and before you know it, you’ll be humming/whistling it without realising!
I get to the third track “Storm”, and think “surely they have to drop the ball on this one”, but no, not at all, another great song. Still purposeful, but a bit more subdued, you start to hear a bit more vocal range, and it shows Die So Fluid to be way more then just a one trick pony playing off the image of their Vampish lead singer. And as the album effortlessly drives forward from “The World Is Too Big For One Lifetime” through to the final “Mystery Track” (which will certainly take you by surprise), you get little hints and qualities here and there of the outright raucous Wendy James (Transvision Vamp), to the edgy lullaby’esque traits of Cerys Matthews (Catatonia). And the drums and guitars have the same sort of qualities of diversity, from what sounds similar to Foo Fighter style riffs, ripping into fast fret runs for the solo’s to little guitar hooks that could easily be mistaken for
“The World Is Too Big” is without doubt a great album that combines such a diverse range of musical elements with astonishing ease, each track being carefully crafted and not just thrown is a filler, that it’ll keep you bouncing along with a manic smile on your face from start to finish. Some of it is dark and brooding, confrontational, daring, other parts soaring, anthemic, but none of it feels out of place on the album. Do I like it? Nah. I love it!