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L to R: Luke, Bill, Nato, Sam, Mike

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November Update/PTD Reissue Reviews

Howdy, folks! Over here in Blue Diamond Land, we've been working as usual on new songs and various projects. For example, on Friday, we're playing a Replacements tribute show at First Avenue (the main room, friends. The MAIN room!). Those songs don't learn themselves... not even "Treatment Bound"...

Live At Grumpy's is now on track for a late winter 2016 release on ADD Records. "Is there a chance the track could bend?" "Not on your life, my rocker friends!" Anyway, we're gettin' it done!

We've had some reviews of the Promises To Deliver deluxe reissue on Rum Bar come in as of late, and they're all pretty damn positive! Well, what I can I say... we like it, too. I've collected a few, for you to read/discuss:

Faster And Louder (scroll down to November 9th)

Jersey Beat (you'll need to scroll down a bit)

VERY in-depth review at Real Gone

Carolina Orange

Rat Boy '69

And finally, the track-by-track discussion of the CD I did with 53rd & 3rd

I had a great time writing that last one, by the way. I hope you check it out.

As winter approaches, we've got a ton of cool shows around the upper Midwest coming up, so look out for Earth Van chugging into your town! Emphasis on "chugging". Until next time, amigos!

-Nato & the BDB

Monday, October 26, 2015

Florida Time, Promises To Deliver re-release (with bonus tracks)...


Hello! As I type this, I'm about 18 hours away from getting on the airplane that'll take me to Florida for Fest 14 in Gainesville, PreFest 3 in Tampa, and PreFest Invasion 2 in St. Augustine. And that's quite a lineup of Festing! Check out the links:

Pre-Fest Invasion at Nobby's! (St. Augustine) - we play Wednesday night.

PreFest 3 in Ybor City (Tampa)! - we play Thursday at 4:10pm indoors at Tequila's.

Fest 14 (Gainesville)! - we play Sunday at 7:10pm at Durty Nelly's.


At Fest 14 (and PreFest 3), you'll be able to get your hands on something other than coozied PBR - that's right, Promises To Deliver has been rereleased by Rum Bar Records on compact disc! And not only is this the first official release of Promises on CD, we've added some bonus tracks for ya! We collected the songs from our Play Loud 7" and our split 7" with Your Pest Band, dredged up a never-heard-before outtake from Promises, and tacked on an early version of "Julie" featuring a backwards guitar solo. Trippy! 

So, click this link to our page at the Rum Bar website to get more info, and when the time comes, get your deluxe copy of Promises To Deliver at our merch table at Fest 14, or mailorder anytime from Rum Bar! Salud!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fest 14 Is Coming...

Hello, Blue Diamond Land! I hope your autumn is going well. The leaves are turning, there is a refreshing chill in the night air, baseball teams are setting their starting rotations for the playoffs... what does it all mean? Why, it means Gainesville Fest is almost here! Check out the Official Website and get your passes now!

This year's Fest looks really, really, really fucking good. They finally got Andrew W.K., do I need to add any more info?

Actually, I do want to say a couple things. First off, Sam Beer will be playing two sets this year - his other band, Dingus, is playing Fest! They're touring there with their/our friends Braver (also from Mpls). Go see both bands in the course of your Festing, you won't regret it!

And then there's the matter of our show. How can I explain this properly... first off, playing Fest is always, ALWAYS great. But to borrow from Animal Farm, some greats are greater than others. Some years, we have looked at ourselves in the mirror at Durty Nelly's early on a Fest Sunday afternoon and wondered just how the hell we were going to go onstage in half an hour. And every time, somehow, we pull it off. The room is full of all our friends, cheering and singing along, and it feels great to be alive! Which definitely is not how we felt when we woke up.

(And then there's the time the fire alarm - and therefore the power - went off during the fourth song one year, and that was how our set ended. Despite the fact that we finished the song unplugged, me riding on a friend's shoulders around the room, which was fun, I suppose I'll admit that I would have just preferred to finish the set with electricity and no fire alarm.)

This year? THIS YEAR IS GREAT. We play Sunday at Durty Nelly's, comfortably late enough to be assured of completely conquering our hangovers. And the lineup for our show is insane. This lineup feels like the Fest mavens read my mind and discerned the bands I would want to play with at a show at Fest, AND THEN MADE THAT THE LINEUP. Look at this:

12:10 AM - 12:40 AMWhiskey & Co.
11:20 PM - 11:50 PMArliss Nancy
10:30 PM - 11:00 PMBlacklist Royals
9:40 PM - 10:10 PMTwo Cow Garage
8:50 PM - 9:20 PMMutts
8:00 PM - 8:30 PMLee Bains III & The Glory Fires
7:10 PM - 7:40 PMNato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band
6:20 PM - 6:50 PMNinja Gun
5:30 PM - 6:00 PMBrian Wahlstrom
4:40 PM - 5:10 PMWaylon Thorton & The Heavy Hands
3:50 PM - 4:20 PMRivernecks
3:00 PM - 3:30 PMThe Ones To Blame
2:10 PM - 2:40 PMThose Crosstown Rivals
1:20 PM - 1:50 PMThe Record Collection

Yes, that's our show at Fest. True, we are not on the same show as Andrew W.K., but as the late great Yogi Berra once said, you can't win them all sometimes*.

Allright, get your Fest 14 passes now, and let's party onward, straight to hell and back! In other news, our live album is still slated to come out this year. Meanwhile, the excellent Rum Bar Records is releasing a deluxe version of Promises To Deliver on CD, with bonus tracks that should be out in the next month or two as well, maybe in time for Gainesville! So you'll want to monitor that situation closely. Check out Rum Bar Records's bandcamp page where you can listen to a ton of great power pop, rock'n'roll, punk rock, garage, etcetera ad infinitum. Great stuff!


*since we're talking about Florida, gotta tip my hat to The Crumbs on that quote too...