Our latest set of XXQs comes to us from a band that puts on the kind of live performance PEV can certainly get behind – Chicago’s own (by way of Detroit) The Diemakers (Dominic and Sharon Harris, Jay Harnish) says “We won’t just be playing exact arrangements of our recordings at our shows —the songs live and breathe on stage. Dom’s gonna wail on guitar, Jay is going to hit you with a gigantic wall of fuzz bass groove, and Sharon will get you moving with her punk rock, cool drum beats.” These Diemakers first brought us their unique brand of gritty, soulful, energetic rock n’ roll on their debut collection, Assault All Your Senses…but we’re here to talk about their latest record, Detroit Recordings.
They told us “We basically recorded live with all three of us in the same room facing each other laying down complete takes to 2-inch tape—the old-fashioned method of making analog recordings…We feel the album does an excellent job of representing our influences, yet retains that original gritty sound that is The Diemakers. You can expect to hear Garage Rock bite, sixties psychedelia, bluesy soaring guitar, and cool pounding rhythms. While the title of the EP reflects the fact that we recorded in Detroit, Detroit means more to us than just a location. Dominic was born and raised in Detroit and the sounds of the city are in his DNA…We hope the title brings some attention to one of the greatest Rock and Roll cities in the world.” The trio will be busy on the road supporting Detroit Recordings, so click to http://thediemakers.com to stay up to date on their tour schedule and sample some tunes. There’s still much to learn, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQs below.
XXQs: The Diemakers
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound?
The Diemakers (TD): Real Rock and Roll. Gritty, soulful, energetic music.
PEV: Calling Chicago your home, what kind of music were you all into growing up?
TD: We have some common influences; everyone in the band of course digs The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Dominic has an encyclopedic knowledge of music and his favorites include Link Wray, Clapton, T-Rex, Television, Blues, Motown, and even jazz like Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman. Jay is a big fan of David Bowie and has been influenced by Continue reading