Banda Macho!

Banda Macho!
L to R: Sam, Mike, Luke, Nato, Matt

Monday, May 20, 2013

Promises To Deliver

Hi, Nato Coles here, representing Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band (naturally).

It's official! Promises To Deliver, our first proper album, is ready to go! The record will be available on LP and CD, and is a three-label release split between ADD Records (who have done all our 7"s thus far), Eager Beaver Records (in Japan!), and Dead Broke Rekerds.

And I am very excited to announce that the third of the three labels, Dead Broke, has created your go-to page for streaming some of the songs from Promises To Deliver. Click the link to hear two new tracks: PROMISES TO DELIVER!

Now, here's a picture of us pretending to be a totem pole, at the Turf Club one night.

Allright, all that aside, let me say one or two more things about this album. Promises To Deliver is a nine-song, 36 minute record made up of songs I've written over the past few years - some newer than others. It's the first proper album I've made in a "Nato-and-the-band" context (as opposed to albums with the Used Kids, Modern Machines, etc.), but it shouldn't be treated as a solo project. Mike, Kyle, and Sam all had tremendous input and impact on the record, and we would have a very different (and I think inferior) final result if it had been made by session musicians who weren't truly part of the band. We already want to make another.

Counting Promises, I've now been a part of five full-length albums, as well as an 8-song 12" 45rpm (record fans can argue over whether 12" 45's count as albums or not, it's one of the classic rock'n'roll arguments). This one took longer to make than most, and cost a little more, too. I don't regret that - I've never played on a record that sounded so good! (Thank you, Jacques Wait.) I guess I wouldn't have minded some Hammond B-3 on the tracks, but the Blue Diamond Band didn't have a keyboard player when we wrote and recorded this, so we decided to stick with the instruments we actually play live. Feel free to add your own keyboard parts to the thing. We might one day, too.

If you count yourself in that population of folks who consider themselves fans of my music over the years, then I sincerely thank you for that, and I hope that you like our new album, and I hope to see you singing along with some new songs in some basement or bar out there, not too long from now. We'll be touring a lot this summer, and we're going to make it to just about every region of the USA. See you then! As always, stay free and be excellent to each other, and I'll see you in hell. Tacos,

-Nato Coles

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Maytime Update (and album news)

Hi everyone, Nato here, chirping like a spring songbird with some random May news for ya. It's finally warmed up in the Twin Cities (no more long underwear at the ballgame), and everyone's going nuts! So are we... in the near future, we're playing a show at the Hexagon on May 17th (it's someone's birthday party, who what why?), and then a really cool all-day party that functions as part of Nordeast Mpls Art-A-Whirl at The Plex: PER PLEXED FEST! Here's the facebook event link: PER PLEXED FEST!

And we've scheduled an official album release! Holy moly, the beast is finally coming out, and we have some details... it's going to be nine songs long, and the title is Promises To Deliver, which is a song on the record that sort of ties the whole thing together real nice.

There will be an all-ages record release show at Hymie's Records in Mpls at 3pm on Saturday, June 22nd. And later that night, we'll have the big rockin' record release night time-is-the-right time party at the Turf Club! Bands playing both will be announced soon. We're also in top-level negotiations to have a pre-release party somewhere special on Thursday June 20th, too, with all manner of surprises in store.

Last but not least, as you can see on the upper-right-hand portion of this website: we need a touring drummer for our east coast tour, which begins June 23rd in Milwaukee and ends July 7th in Madison. If you're feeling like this is something you'd be into, please get in touch! Email