Brewing up a potently agreeable blend of grunge indie rock with a healthy wash of pop punk and garage rock, US band Diet have just released their latest EP Palindrome to stir up the senses and catch the imagination in a sonic temptation. Consisting of five diverse and fascinating propositions of raw and enthralling noise seeded rock ‘n’ roll, the release is one which does not spark a fire in the passions but lingers relentlessly in thoughts and emotions to provide a more than healthy incitement. Increasingly persuasive and striking over time too, Palindrome simply leaves appetite alert and satisfaction full with its compelling and pleasing proposition.
Hailing out of Staten Island, New York, Diet began in 2009 from when it has continued to evolve its sound whilst flirting with various styles, eventually finding the individual flavour evidenced on the new EP. Compared to bands such as Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), American Football, Tigers Jaw, and Basement, the quartet of vocalist/guitarist Thom Kinnear, guitarist/backing vocalist Chris Taranto, bassist Fernando Hernandez, and drummer George Bulger, take little time to seize attention with EP opener Pigman. From a sonic coaxing over a distant sample, the song turns into an infectious stroll of jangling guitars and jabbing beats, both aspects skirted by the darker almost secretive tones of the bass. Once the song relaxes into a restrained caress, the vocals of Kinnear open up throat and narrative whilst the now bold basslines add their potent temptation to tempt the returning tenacity of the song. Hooks and melodies with their discord touched tempting, swirl and spark within the song whilst also vocally an off kilter lilt to the voices only adds to the quirky and unpredictable bait of the increasingly inventive and contagious track.
It is a fine and feistily captivating start to a release which swiftly wrong foots expectations with the seductive embrace of Three. The second song strokes ears with gentle guitar charm whilst raw vocals swarm just as captivatingly over their evocative suasion. It is a smouldering lure but soon finding itself in the midst of a tempestuous dawning of abrasing atmospheres and sonic intimidation, caustic scythes of guitar swiping across the scenery as a volatile air erupts into a fiery and abrasive crescendo. The imposing track then slips seamlessly into the punk stomp of Four. Straight away noise rock and pop combine for an instantly appealing brawl before evolving into a minimalistic landscape of guitar and bass enterprise. With punchy beats courting the shifting soundscape, the song like its predecessor spawns a voracious climate to its magnetic body but this time with a more controlled and clearly textured canvas to which guitars add their imaginative sonic colour.
The next up Soap is a floating slice of mesmeric enticement, melodies and vocals owing plenty to shoegaze at times whilst behind their elegant drifting and seduction, the coarse vocals squalls of Taranto lie in wait, preying on the warm flight of the song with their corrosive shadows. It is a highly evocative song which seems to gain potency and new qualities over every listen. Its strong success is matched by final song I Can’t Sit Still, an infectious romp of firmly striding rhythms and again guitars which jangle endearingly as they sculpt weaves of irresistible hooks and addictive riffs. Vocally the song seems to lack the spark of other tracks, though there is no openly apparent reason that they are missing the fire to their presence to match the excellent blaze of sound around them. Nevertheless the track is outstanding and a favourite on what is a thoroughly enjoyable encounter.
As mentioned Palindrome did not ignite a wish to shout from the rooftops but it is a release very easy to recommend and return to over and over again. Whether it is break through moment for Diet is arguable but it will certainly breed plenty of happily satisfied, enthusiastic support you suspect.
The Palindrome EP is available now via Imminence Records and @ http://dietnyc.bandcamp.com/album/palindrome
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