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Die In June

by Peel

On their highly charged, long awaited new four song powerhouse EP, this genre busting Norwegian band blends bold artistry and sheer in your face audacity with a wide range of influences that doesn’t miss a classic yet progressive beat.
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1. (Falling From) Grace
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2. Die in June
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3. Second Man On the Moon
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Album Notes
Summer in Scandinavia is an optimistic time, with long hours of light and mild weather far removed from the cold, bitter winters. But there’s a danger in being too complacent and hopeful. If things seem a little too perfect, they probably are. The tables can turn quickly—and therein lies the fascinating musical and lyrical tension of Die In June, the highly charged, long awaited new four song EP by Norwegian band Peel.

Over the past few years, the powerhouse, genre-busting five piece powerhouse band has brought its bold artistry and sheer in your face audacity to a fascinating quality hungry music demographic. Performing gigs at clubs in and around their home base of Oslo and festivals like Quartfestivalen and Elveblestivalen, they’ve won over headbangers, emos, straight rockers, popheads and lovers of progressive sounds everywhere with an emphatic and intense, yet sophisticated and iconoclastic swirl of rock and industrial nerve pop.

These fans are drawn to the sincerity and warmth of Pim (lead vocals, guitar), Bertzkii (drums), Dan (guitar/vocals), Bjorn (guitars/keyboards) and Frikk (bass/vocals), whose music reflects an exciting philosophy of revealing (peeling off) and daring to expose their inner emotional realities. By maintaining a conservative, or even more devastating, an ignorant, approach to everyday life, they believe, people continuously impose restrictions on their talent and ability to make a difference. Ranging in age from their early 20s and well in to their 30s, they draw from a wide range of influences that doesn’t miss a classic yet progressive beat: classical, industrial metal, punk, old school new wave, straight edge rock, elements of hardcore…really anything or everything is welcomed and fits into their musical universe.

Their mass of enthusiasts include top producers and engineers like Adam Kviman (Eagle Eye Cherry)—who produced Peel’s self-titled 2003 debut album--and NYC based Brian Sperber (Dinosaur Jr., Diddy, Patti Smith, Live), who said, “Peel combines great pop melodies with a fresh, original sound…Pim’s voice is both powerful and emotional, creating a wonderful centerpiece and giving superb depth to an already rich sonic landscape.” Fredrik Nordstrom (Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, Panic At The Disco, In Flames) adds, “You sound F***in’ great!”

That assessment would be over the top if it didn’t so perfectly sum up the raw heartfelt power of the four tracks of Die In June. Drawing on a compelling emotional band history that includes disease, death, hospitalization, spiritual quests and various personal and romantic crises, Peel digs deep into such issues as alienation, fears of the human mind, life in the shadows, hopes and despair. They go full throttle into the driving opening rocker “Falling From Grace,” which was originally inspired by Pim’s watching a TV program about abused children and the disturbing reality that they got used to their plight as natural. “They became objects for someone else’s pain,” he says. The title track draws on a personal experience of learning to temper romantic optimism with emotional caution, while “Second Man On The Moon” taps into the dichotomy between being the celebrated #1 and the forgotten #2. The intense and heavy chorded “Unheard,” which one U.S. journalist compared to the music of British alt-rock band Placebo, touches on a similar theme to “Falling From Grace” (but with darker undertones) as it explores the reality of being a marginalized outsider.

Pim says, “Peel is all about strong melodies and heart and thought lyrics wrapped in a playful blend of sadness, rage, beauty and honesty. We’ve done it all, from dark, gothic and metal to Beatlesque songs and others that mix a haunting and depressive feel with 80s singalong choruses. Because we’re from Norway, there are always elements of melancholy and a cold Northern feel. Our goal is to let our music be heard outside Norway, where we have a strong following but don’t have a place at the table on mainstream radio because of narrow playlists. Besides the opportunity to make great music, Peel is about the kind of creative chemistry that can only come from the feeling that despite our many differences, all of us together form a unique brotherhood. There’s so much more than music that bonds us.”


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Wildy's World - Wildy


Oslo, Norway's Peel is back with an exciting four-song E.P. entitled Die In June. Peel has become well known and respected for their highly personal and emotionally bare songwriting; incorporating styles that run the gamut from industrial to metal to pop. Pim (lead vox/guitar); Bertzkii (drums); Dan (guitar/vox); Bjorn (keys/guitar) and Frikk (bass/vocals) continue to enthrall music fans from all walks of live in Scandinavia and abroad.

Die In June opens with Falling From Grace, a song inspired by a documentary on childhood abuse and how the abused come to feel their treatment is normal. The song is very powerful and written in a style reminiscent of early Bon Jovi material. It has a strong pop sensibility while retaining a distinct edge. The title track, Die In June examines romance through the eyes of one who has burned. The hope the narrator feels is tempered by the fear of hurting again. The chorus is full of big guitars that serve as a sonic metaphor for being buffeted by insecurities and fear. The song is very memorable with a strong melody and a great, heavy sound.
Second Man On The Moon examines the superficial nature of society in devaluing accomplishments just because they've been accomplished before. This is a great pop tune with rock embellishments that sounds like something that should have a lot of licensing potential. My favorite track on the disc is Unheard. It's a heavy tune that is reminiscent of the better of early Live material. The unseen/unheard outsider is the anti-hero hero, falling through the cracks before our very ears.

Peel wields a heavy pen; capturing strongly poignant ideas in song in a fashion that is neither condescending nor preachy. The arrangements are compelling and keep the listener interested and involved. This is intellectual heavy rock at it's finest. The only complaint you might have is that it's only four songs long. The Die In June E.P. will leave you wanting more of Peel.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

NeuFutur Magazine - James


The titular track for “Die In June” is a track that immediately creates a very detailed and dense instrumental arrangement that incorporates a number of distinct styles in the time before the vocals kick in. When the vocals do start up, individuals will hear a bit of dark rock that has hints of HIM and Stabbing Westward present. The driving guitars provide the perfect backdrop for the vocals to properly shine off of; Peel has that radio friendly sound that will ensure that each of the four cuts on “Die In June” will gain rotation on rock radio stations worldwide.

“Unheard” starts off with both instrumental and vocals parts of the band active, making for a track that has a fundamentally different sound than “Die In June” did. It is during “Unheard” that Peel take on a Placebo type of sound, albeit with a much heavier low end than the aforementioned act. The vocals are created with enough care to ensure that they will nestle themselves deep into the minds of anyone listening in to “Die In June”. “Second Man On The Moon” changes the style of what Peel puts forth in much the same way that “Unheard” did vis-à-vis “Die In June”. While there may be a more industrial feel to “Second Man On The Moon”, the vocals have an emotional intensity to them that push on influences such as Incubus, Dishwalla, and even (at the periphery) the Counting Crows.

The final track on “Die In June” is “(Falling From) Grace”, a track that goes back into a sound that is similar to that on “Die In June”. The fundamental difference that this track has over “Die In June” is that there is a little funkiness to the instrumentation that make it into the catchiest of all the “Die In June” track. The vocals (backed up by the rest of the band during the chorus) lead into an absolutely intense instrumental arrangement. These different sections make “(Falling From) Grace” into a track that showcases all of the unique pieces and parts of Peel, and it is this quality that should provide listeners with the best evidence for picking up any of the band’s future releases, or buying a ticket whenever they can make it to your neck of the woods.

Top Track: (Falling From) Grace

Rating: 8.6/10