Saskatoon, Saskatchewan four-piece Fancy Diamonds released their debut EP Sparkle Party in October, but just released the video for single “Rocknrollin” last week. It may be late (TO THE PARTY????), but it’s a fun and quirky offering that makes it worth the wait.
“Rocknrollin” itself is, to quote the last paragraph, a fun and quirky offering (!). The first verse and chorus are driven solely by vocals and…tambourine (ha), before the full band comes in for the rest. The song has a definite surf/garage rock vibe, and really that’s the band in general. That said, “Rocknrollin”‘s main riff actually comes from a keyboard. There’s a lot going on, but it’s more subtle and complimentary than a wall of sound.
The video for “Rocknrollin” gets going with a marquee intro graphic, which does make sense as it presents as a mini-movie. Frontman Dylan Evans then sings in front of a bunch of TVs as his fellow band members pop up around him. After, the guys are outside smashing a stroller…which Evans then gets pushed around in. Then they’re inside doing a performance, where they ultimately become skeletal figures…and there’s a bowl of glass (?) that’s being eaten like cereal and…it’s odd, and fits the song perfectly.
So that all happens. Fancy Diamonds are touring in support of the EP May 5th-14th, with all dates in the Prairies. As mentioned they have elements of surf and garage in their sound, and a notable pop sensibility that’s reminiscent of Joel Plaskett and even Said the Whale. If you’re in Western Canada you can see them live next month, but regardless you can watch the Eyecatcher-produced video for “Rocknrollin” right now.
Worthing, England indie rockers Imbium released part one of their three-part EP series back in the fall. Considering we reviewedPart 1: The Radioactive Club, it would make a lot of sense to review the new Part 2: Lonely Planets too right? As my girlfriend would say, “obviiiii”.
Like The Radioactive Club and upcoming Part 3: The Shock Theory, Part 2: Lonely Planets has four songs. It starts off with “Beserka”, which is the first single. It’s an upbeat jam with a lot of subtle-yet-great guitar work, and sweet harmonies in the chorus. “If Gandhi Was A Rockstar” comes next, a song that’s actually a year-and-a-half old but finally gets on a proper release. The verses make great work of really high guitar notes, and call-and-response vocals of “just don’t care!” with lines like “gonna fuck you up” add to a furious tribute that Mahatma himself would probably widen his adorable smile at.
And just like that, it’s the second half of the EP. Things tone down a bit in it, starting with “Love You & Leave You”. Featuring guest vocals from fellow West Sussex…er? (ian? Ite?) Christelle Lamb, there’s an added prettiness as she and frontman Matt Charbonneau duet and in-unison sing during it. The cowbell in the first verse rules too, and I wish it would’ve been in verse two as well. The interlude is nicely chill, providing an easy listening (easy listening?) moment before things pick back up…and then tone down again with a piano-only ending (!). Finally, “To The Stars And Back” ends the EP. Written by friend-of-the-band Jonny Walker, it slows things down even more in a five-minute number that is drums-free for the first 1:30 or so. Being an epic power ballad that closes a release (and the fact that it actually has a very similar guitar sound), the song reminds me of Matthew Good Band’s“Change of Season”. If you know my tastes, you know that’s a big compliment.
All in all, Part 2: Lonely Planets isn’t quite as raucous as Part 1: The Radioactive Club, but perhaps that’s part of the story. It’s another solid listen from a very interesting band, regardless. I was told getting the EP online is taking more time than expected, but once it’s ready I will let you know. (It’s currently available physically though.) If you’re unable to get the EP in person, dream on this review for now and wonder how Part 3: The Shock Theory will end the trilogy.