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Listings for March 28th, 2013

APPEARING ON Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The Glendale Family Presents… The Black Diamond Express [+]

Thursday March 28th – Free Entry


The self-funded and self-released debut album, ‘Brimstone for Hell’ from Scottish BAFTA nominees, The Black Diamond Express is released May 5th 2013.

Disillusioned with the established music industry, the Edinburgh-based 9-piece chose to take a different track. They spurned the advances of major labels and are instead going it alone. Following their Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2012 and building on a solid Edinburgh International Festival reputation, the roots rockers took the bold decision to self-release in protest at the control wielded by some of the industry’s heavyweights.

“We were seeing interest from some of the major players,” says violinist Cameron Henderson “But it didn’t feel right. It was a choice of integrity. We had to finish this our way rather than bending to fit the requirements of big business.”

Formed in 2007 the BDE have garnered praise on the back of an extensive catalogue of new music, stirred with a large measure of roots and blues. They are described by The List as “an 9-piece soaked in poetry, myth and bourbon… The BDE somehow stay true to both Robert Johnson and The Sex Pistols… armed with bellowing sermons and a swaggering, suited performance equally worthy of The Spiegel Tent or Glastonbury.”

Their synergy and onstage presence ensure that everyone – both band and audience – enjoy themselves. These factors made the unorthodox decision to release a ‘live’ first album a remarkably easy one, even though the process was more challenging than traditional routes.

The band were last year nominated for a Scottish BAFTA for their work on the short film ‘A Zombie Musical’. In another outing members were closely involved with flourishing educational project ‘The Tinderbox Orchestra’ and performed for the Dalai Lama on his recent State visit. Adding to a loyal and committed fan-base, this is a band with celebrity endorsement.

“I freakin’ love The Black Diamond Express,” enthuses Never Mind the Buzzcocks comedian Phil Nichol. “It’s the only trip I’ve ever been on where I’ve enjoyed the journey more than the destination. Actually, that’s a lie – I enjoyed the destination too.”

As well as the  May 5th launch of their long-awaited opus at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, the band have just opened the year supporting American giants The Mavericks. This is followed closely by a whistle-stop round of national and international tour dates; plans for a feature documentary are in the pipe-line too. For a chance to join them on the way, check them out at theblackdiamondexpress.com.