Die So Fluid is an English alternative/metal/punk band from London, England, formed in 2000. The members are Grog (aka Georgina Lisee) on vocals/ bass, Drew Richards on guitar, and Al Fletcher on drums. Grog and Drew Richards were previously in a band called Feline (1995-1999). After that band was dropped by EMI, they re-formed, briefly, with Al Fletcher on drums, as Ultraviolet before becoming Die So Fluid. They say that their sound “possesses the muscle of metal, the angular cheekbones of post-punk and the bittersweet heart of grunge,” and cite as influences A Perfect Circle, My Bloody Valentine, Deftones, Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Cure, Hole, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Motorhead, PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Led Zep, Echo & the Bunnymen, Tool. In 2003, Grog worked as the live bassist for Melanie C (ex-Spice Girls) and Kelly Osbourne, which helped finance their first full album, Spawn of Dysfunction (2004). Not Everybody Gets a Happy Ending (2008) and The World Is Too Big For One Lifetime (2010) followed. Their fourth full album, tentatively titled The Opposites Of Light, is soon to be released.
Spawn of Dysfunction‘s release was preceded by two cool singles, “Suck Me Dry” and “Disconnected”, both released in 2002. “Disconnected”, in particular, is pretty awesome and, despite the driving metallic riff, its chorus, for me, recalls the Japanese alternative rock band Jinn. Seriously. If you’re a fan of Jinn, listen to this song’s chorus and tell me I’m wrong. The album was released on Die So Fluid‘s own label, Cartesian, in 2004, and a third single, “Spawn of Dysfunction”, was released in 2005 with a video featuring women at metal wrestling event. That single, as well as “Bitterness By Discipline” and the closing track “Chasing Dawn”, really validates the grunge tag, but the alternative metal tag is never in doubt. This self-released debut was good, but better sounds were yet to come.
Watch the video for “Spawn of Dysfunction” here:
Not Everybody Gets a Happy Ending was released in 2008, but was recorded over a two year period (2005-2007) due to financial constraints. Spawn of Dysfunction was financed by Grog’s side projects, while Happy Ending was financed by the royalties from Spawn. Luckily, for us, the album was eventually completed. Two singles were released from the album, “Happy Hallowe’en” and “Existential Baby”. Both are good, especially the latter, but I have other favorites. “Pigsy” is a badass White Album-esque grunge rocker and “Something to Say” is a Sex Pistols-ish punk rager, while “Throw You Away” is a slow-burner that with fiery choruses, “The Kiss And The Kick” is an old-school hard rocker, and “Vorvolaka” is just a favorite because it is. Finally, Happy Ending closes strong with the excellent title track whose opening chords recall Led Zeppelin‘s “Ten Years Gone” from Physical Graffiti. “We cannot live on hope alone,” Grog sings, backed by a choir of children, and she’s, obviously, feeling the frustration of finishing this second album.
Watch the videos for “Happy Hallowe’en” and “Existential Baby” here:
The World Is Too Big For One Lifetime was released in 2010 and, on Die So Fluid‘s website, is this quote in their biography: “And in 2010 they will release probably the greatest rock record since Nirvana‘s Nevermind.” Yes, that is an overstatement, but One Lifetime is an excellent album none the less. And, like Happy Ending, two singles were released, “Mercury” and “What A Heart Is For”. But, also like Happy Ending, I have other favorites. “Storm” and “Figurine” are awesome alternative rockers, while “Hearts Are Hollow” is like grunge by way of Green Day with a shout out punk chorus. In “How Vampires Kiss”, a fiery rocker about feeling for an abductor, Grog throws out these lines: “A flick of the wrist / Feels just like a kiss with a fist.” And, in “If Wishes Were Bullets”, she sings, caught by desire: “All of this new blood I feel / Is it a slow killing poison?” The hidden track, “Death Song”, is an Evanescence-esque piano ballad that showcases Grog’s training as a classical pianist. And, finally, like on Happy Ending, the best song on One Lifetime is the excellent title track, which slowly builds into a single fiery chorus then smoulders to the end. Awesome album, awesome band!
Watch the videos for “Mercury” and “What A Heart Is For” here:
Die So Fluid recently released a video for the single, “Crime Scene”, which will appear on their forthcoming fourth album, and, if this song is any indication, this new album will be even better, possibly, than both Spawn of Dysfunction and The World Is Too Big For One Lifetime.
Watch the video for “Crime Scene” here:
2001 – Operation Hypocrite [EP]
2004.08.09 – Spawn of Dysfunction [Album]
2008.02.25 – Not Everybody Gets a Happy Ending [Album]
2010.06.07 – The World Is Too Big For One Lifetime [Album]
2013.??.?? – The Opposites Of Light [Album]
Grog and Drew Richards’ former band Feline was less metal, less punk, but still a little grunge, and a pretty cool band. Feline‘s most obvious influence is Garbage who ruled the alternative rock charts in 1998 when Feline‘s self-titled debut was released. Feline, the album, was an expanded version of Save Your Face, released in 1997, and featured three singles: “Just As You Are”, “Sun In My Eyes” and “Drama Queen”.
Watch the video for “Just As You Are” here:
1997.08.11 – Save Your Face [Album]
1998.08.03 – Feline [Album]