DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and front-man of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new Brooklyn four-piece. Recently inked to the uber-reliable Captured Tracks imprint, DIIV created instant vibrations in the blog-world with their impressionistic debut Sometime; finding it’s way onto the esteemed pages of Pitchfork and Altered Zones a mere matter of weeks after the group’s formation.
More Faithful is No Joy’s third full-length for Mexican Summer. Throughout the album, singer / guitarist Jasamine White-Gluz, guitarist Laura Lloyd, drummer Garland Hastings and bassist Michael Farsky (formerly of Dirty Beaches’ live band) push themselves to new peaks of intensity. The album bears the fruits of a band that has refined its work ethic in the gulf of time between recording sessions. The outcome – a juxtaposition of unrest and calm, beauty and chaos, truth and fantasy, in the throes of maxed-out amps and hair-whipping guitar goddess rock music – is as unwavering as ever.
Rock & roll was never dead, it has just been waiting to re-emerge. In their first year, Sunflower Bean has made waves as they relight the torch and bring rock into the future. Julia Cumming (vox/bass), Nick Kivlen (vox/guitar), and Jacob Faber (drums), have all yet to turn 20, but are already veterans of the Brooklyn DIY scene.