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Killin it in Brooklyn and Albany. Also new videos.
Mar 25, 2014posted by Rich
We're excited to be playing two new venues this weekend with a great lineup of bands. Both nights will feature Diazepam along with Happy Body Slow Brain (with Rich from Diazepam on drums, and featuring ex-members of Taking Back Sunday & Facing NY) and Mount Gomery (featuring some good buddies of ours from back in the Oneonta days). Friday's show is at a bowling alley and Saturday's is at a college! Kickin' it. Go here for more details.
We played at Bacchus in New Paltz, NY this past February, and our buddy Maks Akelin was kind enough to grab some high-quality HD video of the show. Here are two excepts - part 1 and 2 of the African-clave-havin', world-music-lovin', evil-melody-stabbin' instrumental composition/improvisation "Azure."
Crazy Connecticut Cancellation, Carl.
Jan 28, 2014posted by Rich
Quick update - the Feb 8 show at the Lumberyard in Georgetown, CT has been cancelled due to reasons beyond our control. We're re-booking for later in the spring though. But Feb 7 in New Paltz is still goin' down so we'll see ya there!!
Another Halloween video.
Jan 2, 2014posted by Rich
We've been hibernating a bit in these cold winter months, making some big plans for 2014. To tide you over, here's another video from the Halloween show with Dan's other group Ku'On. It's a ncie sampler platter featuring a couple different ingredients: an Incubus cover from the Halo Soundtrack (obscure? psh. you wish), a short improvisation, and then finally a chunk of our original tune "Alone." Thanks again to Maks from Ku'On for the video. Watch it in the media section or right here: We have some shows booked for spring so after details are ironed out we'll post them all here, as usual. We're returning to some of our favorite spots. See you soon.
Videos from Halloween show with Ku'On.
Nov 18, 2013posted by Rich
There's a new video up from the Halloween show with Dan's other group Ku'On. It's our rendition of Freddie Hubbard's classic tune "Red Clay". Thanks to Maks from Ku'On for the video. Check it out in the media section or right here: We have some more videos from that show. They'll be up soon. Check back.
You may have noticed an empty void where we usually post our show dates. Don't panic, though; we're using this winter to begin planning the next phase of our world takeover. Big announcements soon. It won't be a total underground bunker situation: we WILL be playing a select handful of dates at some of our favorite spots before spring 2014. There's lots of new material being worked on and we can't wait for you guys to hear it.
If your heart isn't burned and blackened from hearing christmas songs ALREADY being piped through supermarket and mall speakers, then help us out by liking us on Facebook. And if you already have, suggest the page to a friend! Word of mouth helps a band like us more than you know. Thanks and see you soon with another video!
Photos from MazFest.
Sep 19, 2013posted by Rich
We just posted some new photos from our performance at MazFest this past August, and some ooooold photos from recording at Dreamland Studios back in 2010. Thanks so much to Jill C. Smith Photography for the MazFest photos. We don't have many gigs coming up, but keep your eyes peeled. We've got some big things brewing behind the scenes.
New video. NYC tomorrow. Susquejamma next week.
Aug 22, 2013posted by Rich
First and foremost, we're really excited to make our second appearance EVER in NYC tomorrow night. We're back at the Ella Lounge with our friends (and Dan's other group) Ku'On! We won't be back in NYC for a while, and this is going to be a big show so come out! If you get tickets online before the show, they're HALF PRICE: click here (new window). For the Facebook event, click here (also new window).
We were back at one of our favorite venues last week: The Tuscan Cafe in Warwick, NY. It's a really cool place with great vibes and it always ends up making for a really intimate experience. Justin from Ku'On was kind enough to take some video and post it. Check it out below.
video from Tuscan Cafe 8/16/2013:
One last thing before you go back to eating your lunch or whatever. Next weekend we're back at the 2nd annual Susquejamma Festival presented by liveLIVE! and KProductions. We've been lucky enough to play this ever-evolving weekend since back in the Heady Fest days. It's sure to be even more excellent this year. Early bird tickets are still available for only $30! Click here (new window). That includes the WHOLE weekend. We hope to see you there. We have some other shows booked for the fall, so keep an eye on our calendar. We'll be laying kind of low for a while. Potential big announcement coming soon.
New video, new interview, and double-show this Friday!
Jun 26, 2013posted by Rich
Hey everyone. A few weeks ago we finally had a chance to get together and rehearse for 3 days straight. It was an intense musical workout but we're really excited about the new stuff we have brewing. We debuted 2 of the new songs last week at SolStock (thanks again Josh Ross and Co!), with more on the way for the next few shows. Here's a video documenting some of our rehearsal (there are a few snippets of the new songs in there...tasty).
video from rehearsal:
Our friend Casey Inman has a blog/website that covers art, music, society, and tons of other interesting topics. He recently interviewed our own Dan Andersen about the creative process, where we draw inspiration from, and more. Casey is an intelligent fellow (as you'll see from his writing) and he delves deeper in his questions than most writers. We think you'll enjoy reading it.
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And lastly, this Friday we're returning to Antoine McGuire's in Haverstraw, NY for 2 shows in one night. We tried it out last month and it was a huge success and we can't wait to be back this week. Remember, there's a dinner show at 7 PM where we'll perform jazz and mood music, and a late show at 10 PM where we'll dive into our original repertoire until well after 1 AM. It's a great venue with great food, and the staff and owner are all great folks. Let's just consolidate all that and say everything is Great with a capital G. For more specific info and directions, go to the shows section.
May 11, 2013posted by D-Pam
Just posted a small handful of dates to whet your whistle this summer and fall. We have even more dates on the verge of being confirmed. They'll be announced as soon as we get word!
Among this small handful of dates, there's one last-minute one you NY & CT people should check out. We're playing May 18 for the first time in Stamford, CT at a great venue called Rack n Roll Cafe. They have an incredible sound system, beer, food, and pool! (Not A pool. Just pool. The game. Played on a pool table.) Anyway, please come out! It's close to NY - only 20 minutes from the Tappan Zee Bridge - and we're hoping to see some friendly faces in a new town.
That's it for now. Later.
Mar 25, 2013posted by Dan
What a weekend! Friday Diazepam exploded on the NYC scene in a bloody musical mess with our compadres The Fire Quartet and Danielle Sheri at Ella Lounge. Our innards were warmed by the great reception we received from our loyal family (Haley, Darcy, Jen) and many new listeners and subsequent fans. We saw a lot of friendly faces we haven't seen in years. Danielle Sheri opened the night with a soulful set of acoustic sounds with Miles killing it on lead and rhythm guitar. Fire Quartet's blend of movie-esque soundscaping really complimented the fury Diazepam's sound. We have forged a fun and hopefully long lasting alliance with some truly awesome musicians.
Amongst the shows we were able to rehearse and continue plugging on with our musical concoctions trying to finely tune existing songs and foray into new territory for our summer ammunition for the musical battleground that is your hearts and ears. Saturday we again piled into Dan's Van (Thank's Nana!) and traveled to Pauly's Hotel in Albany to play with The Latent. The night started with a Diazepam set, then a wiley set from The Latent (an awesomely energetic blend of styles of music) and closed with another set from Diazepam. The Latent was the delicious meat to our toasted Diazepam bread. What a delicious night of a Sandwich! We saw many old fans from our days in Oneonta: what an awesome, appreciative crowd. Among them was Sean Cranston, director and screenplay writer of the upcoming film "Soul of the Earth". Diazepam's hit song Dichotomy will be featured in this sweet production. Check out more here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2471126.
We were extremely appreciative of the great sound by engineer Keith of Pauly's Hotel. This venue really grew on us that evening, great staff and a great place to see live music in Albany. All in all our batteries were charged and we have a bunch of dates in April and May we are looking forward to. Check out our list of shows to see when we are playing close to you. Most notably we are opening for the amazing Consider the Source on April 6th @ Olive's in Nyack, presented by Something Electric. This show is expected to sell out so get there early and come support us and Consider the Source. Until next time, cadets; protect yourself from space madness by listening to good music and turning off your television.
Dec 27, 2012posted by Dan
Diazepam reached out to Warwick NY and West Redding CT for a weekend of memorable shows. As a pre holiday hoorah Dan crashed his car, Chris put another semester of grad school under his belt, Will perfected his headspin and Rich went Rambo on a bunch of squirrels! With the realization that humankind didn't ascend into light or get wiped of the face of the planet Armageddon style on December 21st our weekend of shows turned out quite pleasant. On 12.21 we traveled up to the Tuscan Cafe in Warwick and played with some really amazing other bands. Shout outs to Potion Cafe, Just the Tip and Mr. Bighead! If you haven't heard these groups check them out. On 12.22 we traveled up to The Lumberyard Pub in West Redding CT to play Diazepam's official first three-set evening. We played passionately, people listened, we sold CD's and were treated well by the locals and staff. One of our more memorable shows indeed.
We want to thank our friends for their support this past weekend, it really helped elevate our mood and increase the amount of fun everyone had. Thanks to Haley Walter, Jeff Green, Rob Andersen, Scott Cummings, Kelly Mcgrath and Jennifer Bayer! It was a blast hanging with you guys! We have a pretty sweet show we are anticipating in Nyack on 1.4.13 in Nyack at Olive's with Father Figure and being put on by Nyack's local production company Something Electric! If you can make it this is gonna be a good one! Look forward to more Diazensanity in 2013!
Nov 14, 2012posted by Rich
We had a great rehearsal this past weekend. We operate as a long-distance band, living partially in Nyack and partially in Albany, existing as a unit only when we get together to rehearse or play shows. The music in this group really scratches a lot of different musical itches, and when we're playing there's an almost tangible sense of forging ahead - that we're creating something brand new, or at least coming up with a new way to look at old or traditionally accepted ideas. When we don't play for a while, that sharply defined musical purpose blurs and becomes unfocused. It's still there, waiting for us to get our grubby hands back on it at te next rehearsal, but once it becomes a more vague memory it's easy to forgot how intense and gratifying it can be.
That being said, when we DO rehearse, it feels like a musical detox. Our music has lots of little nooks and crannies that can fit tons of new ideas. Most songs we play haven't ended up "finished" until years after we've debuted them live. Even without making direct alterations to the songs, playing them repeatedly over the course of months makes them grow and change simple as a result of our continued evolution as individual musicians. After the dust clears and a song has a chance to age, compositional weaknesses and blank spots begin to show their faces. Then begins one of my favorite parts - the process of altering, shifting, adding, subtracting, and mutating until the song's original intention is either refocused, or made that much more intense. It's akin to breaking in a new pair of shoes - they fit perfect at first, but over a few weeks they loosen around your feet and you have to to tie them a little tighter to compensate. Maybe that metaphor falls a little flat, but gimme a break. It's late at night.
We finished a brand-new song composed by Will Burgaleta. We came up with a cool arrangement of a very well-known cover (ah, but you'll have to come to the shows to find out which one!). We re-worked a Diazepam classic (actually the first song I ever played with Dan and Chris back in 2007). And finally, we decided to resurrect a tune from another group called Forman that Dan and I played in. We're pumped for the next couple shows and look forward to debuting all this new stuff. We'll see you soon.