Interview with Diemonds
In this week, I will probably beat the record with amount of posts, 🙂 Today, I would like to present a short interview with fantastic new-school sleaze metal band fronted by female vocalist, 🙂
“Diemonds” is a sleaze metal band from Canada. They are releasing a new studio album named “Bad Pack” on October 2nd. Here is their fanpage: http://diemonds.net/band/.
Maciej Bis: Hey! As usual, firstly I would like to ask you about your band name. I bet that many of your fans will be interested why did you choose Diemonds and if you had another names in consideration.
Diemonds: Diemonds is the perfect name for us. It was inspired by names like The Beatles. Just a letter off. But it’s funny how confused people can be when they read it. We’ve heard every name in the book instead of how it’s actually pronounced – which is like “diamonds.” And, I’m sure the Beatles went through the same thing! It was always going to be called Diemonds so it clicked right away for us.
MB: Do you think that it is high time to restore and refresh sleaze metal and show it to our generation as an alternative for mainstream music?
Diemonds: Hell yeah! We love party rock! It’s what we love to do. A lot of music is so not about fun right now. And we want to bring that shit back. Music is entertainment as well as something that you can connect to. We want to bring the live show aspect back to bands. Live music rules!
MB: To continue the “thread”, do you cooperate or stay in touch with another new school sleaze/glam bands?
Diemonds: Yes we definitely do. We are connected to a lot of bands that are out and active now and feel the same way we do about rock n’ roll. It’s so international now and that’s what we like about it. We’re from Canada yet we’ve played with Crashdiet from Sweden, toured across the US with Wildstreet from NYC, toured across Canada with Dirty Penny from California, rocked on our last tour with Nasty Habit from New York, just to name a few. We want to rage stages with cats who we respect and love the music they make. We wanna work together to make this shit huge! Of course we respect our elders too, so we’ve been blessed to share stages with Slash, Sebastian Bach, Steel Panther, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, the Bulletboys and more. It’s been a great 2012.
MB: There were “a few” women, especially Lita Ford, Vixen (as a whole all-female band), Lee Aaron and many more) that brought a lot to glam/sleaze genre, but IMO your style is generally much “heavier” than all of them and that is why I liked Diemonds. How your friends and family reacts on your music, 🙂 ?
Diemonds: Thanks so much! I know our friends and family definitely like and support us and our music. And I think that’s because we have been doing it consistently since we started, we’ve kept at it and stayed true to what we believe and what we want to put out there. Heavier music is what we love and it comes out in our music and our live show. We dig bands like Lita Ford and Vixen but our sound would be more inspired by bands like Hellion or Girlschool or Warlock or Wendy O. Williams. Those chicks sure can wail!
MB: What was your first experience with music when you were kids?
Diemonds: All of us came from a punk rock or underground background when it came to music. That’s why we all kind of taught ourselves to play instruments or do what we do. We all went to local shows and saw tons of bands growing up. Diemonds is a band made up of huge music fans, we supported the local music scene and have experience doing all kinds of things for our friends’ bands before we did bands of our own. C.C. toured with bands selling merch and driving and roadieing and so did DK. Priya went to lots of local shows and got a fake ID to be able to sneak into bars while still in high school so she could see live music. Tommy has played in tons of underground hardcore and punk bands and Aiden has a really eclectic set of influences in his drumming.
MB: What was the biggest milestone in your career so far and what will it be in closest future?
Diemonds: I’d say our biggest milestone right now is the official release of our second record The Bad Pack on a label. It comes out October 2nd on Underground Operations and we’re so stoked to have a home for our music!! This summer has been really fun for us, we’ve been on tour almost the whole season criss-crossing North America. We toured all over the place and got to play some really awesome shows. We kicked things off playing the biggest metal festival in Canada called Heavy MTL alongside bands like Marilyn Manson and Slipknot and then drove straight to LA to play a sold out show at the Whisky A-Go-Go with Crashdiet. It was a surreal experience. We also played the biggest cannabis festival in the world the Seattle Hempfest, which is a cause we hold close to our hearts. When touring stops this November, we’ll be taking a break to really focus on writing and recording our third album to be released sometime during 2013.
MB: Have you ever thought about tour in Japan and Europe?
Diemonds: Yes, we’ve always wanted to tour in Europe and Japan but the right opportunity hasn’t come up just yet. As soon as our third record comes out we’d love to hit Europe and Japan as well as Australia. In 2009 we toured India and it’s on our hit list again in the future as well as continued touring throughout the US and Canada.