Favorite New Music: Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band

posted by MP Johnson

From the Shrubbers to the Modern Machines to the Used Kids and probably some in between, I’ve been seeing Nato’s bands live for more than a decade. In the past, I’ve shrugged them off as solid opening acts at best, annoyances at worst.

Enter the Blue Diamond Band. I now realize that I’ve been a dick, and that bands with heart-on-sleeves sincerity and boundless energy and fucking fantastic storytelling really shouldn’t be taken for granted, no matter how many times you see them listed as an opening act at a show you’re going to. The other thing that I learned at their show at the Hexagon last Friday is that the Blue Diamond Band is no mere opening act, but also a first-class headliner who alone are worth the trip out.

Check out “Julie” above and go see the band, or even Nato as a solo act, whenever you’re in the mood to rock out with a smile on your face.


Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 12:00 pm