Diamond is like the end of that romantic comedy where the lead actress finally realizes the guy she’s truly searching for has been by her side the entire time.
Between Sam Trapkin and Brendan Yates (Trapped Under Ice), David Wood (Down to Nothing), and Justin Gilman (We Read Minds), Diamond brings quite the diverse resumé to the table. Despite being in other bands, this is no side project. Claiming Baltimore as their home, members of Diamond are spread across Richmond and Chicago as well, creating an obstacle in terms of actually practicing as a band. However, using tools of the trade such as 3-way iChat, garage band, and voice note files, Diamond has released 2 EP’s in their short tenure since the summer of 2012.
Despite the varying musical tastes of each member in Diamond, they all share a very common back catalogue of bands who have inspired and defined their developing years as budding artists. From Weezer to Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and all the way back to the Beach Boys, the influence these bands had on Diamond is ever-apparent in the music they write.
Don’t Lose Your Cool, recorded by Paul Leavitt (Circa Survive, All Time Low) in the boys’ home town of Baltimore, Maryland is a collection of infectiously catchy songs which immediately draw in the listener with tales of youth, heartbreak, and guitar solos. Not to mention more harmonies, falsettos, and arpeggios than you can shake a tambourine at. Originally released as a free digital download last December, it will finally be available on a Vinyl LP through Black Numbers on June 12th.
When it comes to what Diamond has to offer, what you see is what you get; what you get is often times more than you can handle. With a rigorous background in art, design, and skateboarding, the boys of Diamond are known for their ability to create and produce all of their own artwork, merchandise, web sites and videos. From silkscreen printing their own t-shirts,directing and editing their own music videos, to designing their own album art, Diamond is a band that has a tight grip on their career and firmly believe in the DIY mentality which allows them to do all of this, and still give away their music for free.
So you missed out on tickets for the Beach Boys reunion tour this summer? Don’t lose your cool. Diamond is currently writing a new record packed full of hits slated for a Fall 2012 release, and plan to tour in support of it.back to artists