Dog Head Music Society presents… The Black Diamond Express
Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter
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 successful May 5th launch of their long-awaited opus at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, the band opened the year supporting American giants The Mavericks and legendary group ‘The Magic Band’. This is followed closely by a whistle-stop round of national and international tour dates; including, not only a headline slot at Midsummer Music Festival, but will also close the main stage at Insider Festival. Plans for a feature documentary are in the pipe-line too.