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Friday, 29 June 2012 01:00

LA Music Review >> DIAMOND LIGHT

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On a perfectly sunny, summer Saturday, my girlfriends and I sipped champagne on our front lawn trying on wigs and attempting to have a garage sale. One of my roommates and fellow singers Alysse was purging all of her beloved clothes and knick knacks to prep for a move to the east coast. Friends were stopping by to give their farewell and pick through her belongings. Alysse has always attracted the most amazing people and it was this day that she introduced me to The Diamond Light.

Just by chance, I met Brian Stanley (vocalist/guitarist) of the Diamond Light. He rolled up to our little sale with a buddy of mine. After some small talk and introductions, Alysse started to rave about Brian’s band, The Diamond Light. She swore that we were to be perfectly matched, musically. I come from a deep-rooted blues background and so does Brian. He talked about how his fellow bandmates played in bands back in New Hampshire with family. I grew up singing blues with my father. My interest was immediately sparked so I decided to find some of their music and get some background on these boys. The other two players of the Diamond Light are Ian Ochs (Drummer) and Griffin Young (singer/guitarist). The two met in New Hampshire and played bars throughout bars in high school. When they met Brian, the circle was complete and the boys ventured out West in 2007. In 2009 they released their EP Krotona and followed it up with a tour and college radio support.

Their music reflects the time they put into long years cutting their teeth in blues and rock clubs all over the country. They have a mature sound for their young age. One of my favorite tunes is “Never Enough” currently listed on the Bandcamp page. The music is riff heavy and the vocals match the intensity. There’s a touch of grunge and Hendrix undertones. I feel a little guilty reviewing a band before seeing them in the flesh. In my experience, there are times when a band plays in the arena of classic blues rock, what you get on recordings, is not the same experience. There’s a looseness to the live show to make room for the song and riff-age of the guitars to take over only to seduce the audience into a world of sound and sex. I am going to take a wild guess that that is exactly what the Diamond Light throws at their crowds night after night.

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