Diversity is one of the cornerstones to good reviewing and is something that we take much pride in here at Rock n Reel Reviews. There really isn’t anything that we won’t sit and listen to, if you took the time to send it to us we promise we will take the time to listen to your work and give our honest opinion of it.
‘Bloody Diamonds’ (formerly known as Eliza and the Strange) wouldn’t maybe be exactly what you would think our site would review…I mean its definitely not metal…it’s not punk or even full on rock for that matter…however there is something in this bands music, a mix of dark horror/bluesy rock and distorted bass that has has more than peeked my interest and upon repeat listens has won me over to the point of almost championing this band out to like minded fellows…and the wider Rock n Reels community.
Eliza White (lead vocals and organ), Alex MacAskill (guitar), Ian Bennett (guitar), Jake Seaward (bass), and Kenny Myers (drums) make up this unique quintet from Halifax, Nova Scotia and their quirky combination of alt rock meets horror inspired blues is a triumph, for what could have easily been, style over substance.
I must recommend you take the time to check these guys out and indulge yourself in their recent single “She Ain’t Pretty” which is a really cool little number with driving bass, cowbell and huge guitars setting the background to the powerful and soulful vocals of Eliza White.
“Monopoly” has a ton of swagger with plenty of organs helping the bluesy feel…I imagine 1940′s dingy smokey club rooms and an audience in the shadows all toe tapping and swaying shoulders.
“Baby Be Nice” has a creepy fairground style with ‘Horrorpops’ or a less aggressive ‘Stolen Babies’ springing to mind. This would be an excellent follow up single for the band.
My favourite track on the album, and where I believe the band truly shine, is “Twisted” with distorted organs and well crafted cool verses and ultra soulful melodic choruses creating a really full sounding listening experience.
As I said at the start, it wasn’t instant love that this album found from me. However, something compelled me to go back again and again to listen to this album. Its not world changing or life reaffirming but Bloody Diamondsare a band with huge potential and the ability to unify fans of many genres of music. It’s a cool little number and I shall be watching with a keen eye on this groups progress. Duncan