Alternative rock quartet, Diamond Youth will be releasing their highly anticipated EP, Orange, on January 22nd via Topshelf Records. Orange, recorded by Brian Mcternan (Circa Survive, Hot Water Music, The Movielife) in his Baltimore-based studio, Salad Days, is the follow up to the band's well-received official debut, Don't Lose Your Cool, recorded by Paul Leavitt (Circa Survive, All Time Low).
Diamond Youth brings quite the diverse resume to the table. Claiming Baltimore as their home, members of Diamond Youth are spread across Chicago as well, creating an obstacle in terms of actually practicing as a band. However, using tools of the trade such as 3-way iChat, garage band, and voice note files, Diamond Youth has released 2 EP's in their short tenure since the summer of 2010 and are set to release their third EP, Orange, on January 22nd, 2013.
Despite the varying musical tastes of each member in Diamond Youth, they all share a very common back catalogue of bands who have inspired and defined their developing years as budding artists. From Weezer to Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and all the way back to the Beach Boys, the influence these bands had on Diamond Youth is ever-apparent in the music they write.
When it comes to what Diamond Youth has to offer, what you see is what you get; what you get is often times more than you can handle. With a rigorous background in art, design, and skateboarding, the boys of Diamond Youth are known for their ability to create and produce all of their own artwork, merchandise, web sites and videos. From silkscreen printing their own t-shirts, directing and editing their own music videos, to designing their own album art, Diamond Youth is a band that has a tight grip on their career and firmly believe in the DIY mentality which allows them to do all of this, and still give away their music for free.
On the upcoming release, guitarist Sam Trapkin says, "Putting out a new record is kind of like raising a kid and then sending it to school for the first time. Like, you think you did a good job raising it, and you have this really intimate relationship, then all the sudden they're out in the world meeting new people. And you know your kid doesn't stink but they're kind of different than the rest and you're really proud but what if everyone else hates them and think they suck? You know?"