NATO COLES AND THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND: Promises to Deliver: CD

Apr 29, 2016

I like this record, but I never know how to describe bands like this. They’re punk (sort of), but not really. So maybe they’re rock, but not in a meathead way, but that’s not quite right either. And then slivers of country and rockabilly thread into some of the songs, and my efforts at pigeonholing them fall flat once again. Then I come up with a wonderfully banal description for bands like this: “twenty-first century alt-rock,” which I immediately recognize as completely hackneyed. In the end, Nato Coles And The Blue Diamond Band play a brand of punk-derived rock’n’roll that is muscular yet nuanced, sincere, and emotive; kind of like when the hulking bad-ass lurking the shadows is into Keats and Shelley. 

 –Eric Carlson (Rum Bar)

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