The Din provide some serious ‘din’ on their debut release Give in to the Din. Sorry, it’s true, though. The Ontario natives have crafted an album that revels in its fuzz, and the result is a fun, if not slightly overwhelming, collection of post-grunge tunes.
Right off the bat, there’s something about the way this record is produced which doesn’t sit right with me. It might be because of the band’s timing which is occasionally sketchy. It could, also, be because of the dull thud of the guitar tone or the lack of punch from the drums. For whatever reason, it doesn’t have the grit that you look for in a rock record. Frontman Mike Haggith’s vocals are also hit or miss; he’s definitely got the feeling, but his delivery is at times a little abrasive and a little unpolished.
Having said that, the songs are pretty good, some even great. Haggith provides some great hooks if you give him a chance. “Flux” and “Potato (Should’ve Know Better)” will be stuck in your head for weeks. The former features the line, “The road goes ever on and on,” which is a nod to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe. “Remember” is a Bowie-style acoustic ballad that’s trippy in the right ways. They end on a particularly high note with “A Drive Through the Peninsula” which waltzes along before switching to a punk rock banger roughly halfway through its duration. It then spirals out in a frenzy of excellent guitar soloing. Tammy Hill shines on six strings throughout the record.
Influences like Alice in Chains, the Foo Fighters, and a general affinity for the more melancholy vibe of the 90s seem to be the driving forces on Give in to the Din. The band makes no attempt to hide this in their image either. The declaration on their Bandcamp page reads: “With the recent resurgence of Pokemon, Blink 182, VHS and everything 90s, we contribute this; Give In To The Din!”
And, that’s all great. All I ask is that next time they try to make their ‘din’ sound a little fresher, a little cleaner.
Written by Syd Ghan
*edited by Danielle Kenedy