@ The Burdock, Toronto
October 26, 2016
Diamond Mind (Liam Trimble, Matthew Cardinal, Aidan Lucas-Buckland) brought their musical bag of tricks to a cozy Burdock on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The rich array of musical styles by this critically acclaimed Edmonton trio cannot be summed up easily. Drawing inspiration from diverse influences including Pop, Noise, Soul and Baroque music, Diamond Mind performed newly released tracks from their debut LP, Heavy Metal Sunshine (Wyatt Records).
Diamond Mind took a riveted audience on a ride through terrains of energetic Bubblegum Pop and edgier Rock with hits like the band’s self-titled track, “Diamond Mind.” The group’s sonic artistry and eclectic musical palette, along with the “poetic narrative” of its lyrics, carries the listener away on a dreamy vacation. I felt as though I was travelling across the wide expanse of the Canadian Prairies one minute and then speeding along the Gardiner Expressway the next. Interestingly, parts of the songs recall The Beatles, Rufus Wainwright (if Rufus played Rock), and Lou Reed.
No doubt Diamond Mind earned new fans Wednesday night. Personally, it was the perfect end to a hectic day of trying to tie up a number of loose ends unsuccessfully. The venue was also a perfect booking – sipping on the Burdock’s delicious home brews while nodding my head to excellently crafted music was ace.
If you missed Diamond Mind, be sure to pick up Heavy Metal Sunshine, a “unique character of songs, recorded in environments ranging from attic bedrooms to storied, established studios.” Watch its most excellent video for the catchy lead single, “Horseless Coach,” here:
– Talia Wooldridge