By The Riz
Saskatoon-based the Fancy Diamonds are a band who most likely has never lost a staring contest. With a nerdcore swagger and low-fi sensibilities, they are committed to a sound and style that allows them to take what they play seriously while simultaneously not taking themselves too seriously.
A blend of Pavement with a vocal delivery reminiscent of the Presidents of the United States of America, The Fancy Diamonds recreate the mid-90s alternative low-fi scene with clean jangly guitar, and solid riffs that are somehow sloppy and tight, like a good ole prom date.
With a combination of surf and garage rock, and nod to the fun punk bands of the past, The Fancy Diamonds focus on danceable tunes, rocking good times, and as much fun that can be packed into polyester tuxedo pants in two-and-a-half-minute increments.
At the 43-second mark in their first video, “Rocknrollin,’” the first single release from their debut EP, Sparkle Party, the band is jubilantly trashing a baby stroller next to a prominent gratified wall in Saskatoon. Does it depict the band’s inner-rebellion or symbolize one’s plight over the effects of growing up losing childhood to adulthood, their attack against e.e.cummings’ goat-footed balloon man whistling far and wee? Who cares? It’s awesome.
The Fancy Diamonds have infectious hooks and groovy melodies that seem to dare you to try to not like them. Go ahead. Try it. They dare you…
The Fancy Diamonds kick off their tour at Amigos May 5 (Saskatoon), then O’Hanlan’s May 6th (Regina), The Knndy May 7th (Winnipeg), Bobby’s Place May 8th (Moose Jaw), Bohemia May 12th (Edmonton), Palomino May 13th (Calgary) ending with a final show May 14th (TBA). Sparkle Party is available via Bandcamp.AB, Alberta, Amigos, Bobby's Place, Bohemia, Manitoba, MB, O'Hanlan's, Palomino, The Fancy Diamonds, The Knndy