A Diary of Need
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A Diary of Need

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"Wave Gathering"

"One of the must see bands of this years 3rd annual Wave Gathering, and our spotlight band." - Asbury Park Press

"Concert Review - Highline Ballroom"

This was my first show at this relatively new venue in the Chelsea area of NYC. Not much to look at from the outside, but once in, a beautiful club. Dimly lit with the side areas changing colors from red to green to blue. Nice tables with actual comfy chairs - my butt didn't get fatigued all night! Good food & pleasant waitresses all added up to a nice atmosphere. The opening act, A Diary Of Need, came on at 2 minutes past 8. I was immediately struck by the atmospheres the guitar and keyboards were laying down. Otherworldly, disquieting pallettes of sound. Bass and drums came in, pulsing & pulsing. I found the sound to be modern and hypnotic. Dark and uncomfortable. I loved it.
With his blonde mohawk swirling, vocalist Thor intoned his way through the first number, Fake It. Up next were End Of Me and We'll Never Be The Same - the latter with outstanding guitar by Shawn. After another fine number, Tell Me, the stage darkened as Thor and keyboardist James played dual didjeridoos to introduce an extraordinary piece called The Peak. During the second half of the number, drummer Lex's insistant beat was accented by the tribal drumming of both Thor and bassist Dave. Strobes accompanied the heated rhythms that overtook the venue. Just an unforgettable moment. Your Prey, So Much, and Wet With Memory followed. By the time the band got to Seas Of Regret I realized how much I was enjoying A Diary Of Need. Solid songs, passionate playing. Their set closed with Becoming and I was on my feet, absolutely won over by this moody, avant quintet. Quite an opener!

John A. Wilcox - Progsheet
- Progsheet


2006 Live EP, A Diary of Need Live at The Brighton Bar



The band was recently nominated for the Top Advant Garde Act by the Asbury Park Music Awards and has won the 2007 Crusade Contest battle of bands and played at the Saints and Sinners festival.
Started in the winter of 2007 by founding members Thor Fister (Lead Vocalist, and Acoustic Guitar), Shawn Garafa (Electric Guitar), and Lex Ford (Drums, Percussion, Vocals) as an outlet for musical expression and performance in the acoustic vein. As the music evolved it became necessary to add other members to fully express the synthesis that was happening. With the addition of James Malouf (Piano, Keys) and Dave Grimes(Bass Guitar, Vocals) the group was solidified and A Diary of Need was born. Collectively the members of A Diary of Need have played with bands such as Glassjaw, Against Me!, Saves The Day, The Dreaming (Members of Stabbing Westward), Gene Loves Jezebel, Megadeath, Exodus, The Vandals, Thursday, The Gathering, Suicide City,Tub Ring, West Indian Girl, and many many others...