Scenematography: Fancy Diamonds – “Rocknrollin”

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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.

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