Pete Diamond

Pete Diamond

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Guy fronted, singer/songwriter rock a la Tom Petty, Neil Young, Pretenders...focused, indelible pop songs with blues and country influences. Classic rock underpinnings with a soulful, intelligent feel. Driven by tasty roots-based guitar paying.

Biography

Pete Diamond has forged a unique musical identity at the crossroads of singer-songwriter, rocker and pop craftsman. Whether he’s fronting his eponymous electric band or performing alone on an acoustic guitar, he blends the power of modern rock, strains of American roots music and the sensibilities of classic rock into sharp, memorable gems.

The talented guitarist, singer and songwriter has a gift for writing unique songs that sound familiar the first time you hear them. With musical touchstones like Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, The Pretenders, and Gillian Welch, Diamond knows that the combination of a great song, solid musicianship and a powerful heart can create magic.

"His songs are great. Diamond makes totally fresh sounding rock that’s rooted and real."
— Luke Ebbin, Record Producer (Bon Jovi, Splender)

Based in NYC, Diamond and his three-piece band have played at some of New York's best venues including The Mercury Lounge, Arlene’s Grocery, The Living Room and BB King’s (solo). Recently he was invited to have his music featured on The Living Room's on-line radio station. His debut CD "Funny Cry Happy Gift", produced with help from Pete Min (Longwave, Duncan Sheik) and Peter Keppler (David Bowie, Eels) has garnered glowing praise.

"1. The man can sing, 2. Play, 3. Knows how to construct sharp hooks…an incredible love for the pop style that blends rock in at every turn…After two complete listens you'll start to believe you've heard all these on the radio already."
— Ben Ohmart, MusicDish.com

Born in New York City and raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey Diamond honed his guitar skills in Red Betty, a Brooklyn-based band he co-founded in the mid 90’s. When Diamond decided to leave Red Betty he was replaced by John Ashton of the Psychedelic Furs. “It was crazy to hear John Ashton playing the exact guitar parts I created in those Red Betty songs,” says Diamond. ”It was a total rush to see a musician I really respected playing stuff that I wrote.”

Diamond’s earliest musical inspirations were the various blues and bluegrass shows he found on local college radio stations. Grabbing his sister’s acoustic guitar, the first melody he picked out was “Dueling Banjos” from the movie “Deliverance”. A strain of country roots has remained in his guitar playing ever since.

Soon after, he began absorbing his older brother’s record collection (Jon Diamond, guitarist and collaborator in the Dana Fuchs Band). Favorites at the time included Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Steely Dan and Frank Zappa—Zappa’s “Apostrophe” was the first record Diamond ever purchased as a kid. “That’ll always be a special record for me,” says Diamond, “blues, humor, violence, sex, absurdism and pee-pee—my six favorite things really.”

Recently, Q104.3FM, NYC’s classic rock station, featured “BB Eyes”, the first cut from Diamond’s debut CD, on their “Out of the Box” new music show. “Show Me”, a solo acoustic track on Funny Cry Happy Gift, was featured in the animated series Pink Palace, which aired on the Oxygen cable network. Other credits include music featured in the award winning independent film, “Slow Jam King”.

As he and his band continue to play live shows in NYC Diamond is also hard at work in his home studio recording a whole new crop of great songs for release on his own Red Delicious records.

Contact:
646-369-5393
mail@petediamond.com

Lyrics

BB Eyes

Written By: Pete Diamond

I guess I still resent the year I spent with you
I guess it’s always on my mind
I guess I’m running over the same old clue
And you’re long gone from the scene of the crime

Oh bb eyes, what makes your world so small
It’s that sorry sucker syndrome and you got it worst of all
Oh bb eyes, you think you’re something new
It’s that sorry sucker syndrome and you haven’t got a clue

I guess your love was just a shadow in the sun
Showed it’s face while skies were blue
Well I will track that shadow with my shadow gun
I will shoot till my ammo is through

Oh bb eyes, what makes your world so small
It’s that sorry sucker syndrome and you got it worst of all
Oh bb eyes, you think you’re something new
It’s that sorry sucker syndrome and you haven’t got a clue

Well thanks a mil my friend, you opened up my eyes
I owe you one this time, it’s true
And though you could have been just anyone at all
Listen up cause this one’s sung just for you

Oh bb eyes, what makes your world so small
It’s that sorry sucker syndrome and you got it worst of all
Oh bb eyes, you think you’re something new
It’s that sorry sucker syndrome and you haven’t got a clue

Pinhole

Written By: Pete Diamond

There’s a story of a man,
Who thought that he was truly whole
He went to war and found,
The center of his heart was hard and cold

There’s a pinhole in your heart
Where the love is draining out so slow
It won’t be long now, before it’s dried out
It won’t be long till it don’t flow

Where’d you get the notion,
That your independence lies within
You close your mind and disconnect,
Oh god I swear it makes me cringe

There’s a pinhole in your heart
Where the love is draining out so slow
It won’t be long now, before it’s dried out
It won’t be long till it don’t flow

I saw my dreams disintegrating,
In the wake of my real life
Well that’s ok cause I’m anesthetized,
By dancing TV lights

There’s a pinhole in my heart
Where the love is draining out so slow
I don’t know why it’s there, soon I won’t much care
It won’t be long till it don’t flow

Feel My Way Through

Written By: Pete Diamond

I held my head up closer to the flame
And when I stepped back my world was not the same
I knew at once I was a blind boy in the sun
And the heat in the dark would show me where to run

I’m gonna feel my way through
I’m gonna feel my way through
I’m gonna feel my way through

Before you knocked me, from my cold and dusty shelf
Alone in my room and stuck beside my self
I was wise so wise beyond my years
Oh but still so wet behind the ears

I’m gonna feel my way through
I’m gonna feel my way through
I’m gonna feel my way through

Well the golden rule sits melting in the sun
And I’m smiling down on all that’s been undone
I can see at last I’m not the one to blame
And the heat in the dark will melt away my pain

I’m gonna feel my way through
I’m gonna feel my way through
I’m gonna feel my way through

Discography

Funny Cry Happy Gift - (debut full length cd)

Set List

We compose a set from a growing body of about 30 originals to create dynamic, smooth-flowing 45-50 minute set of 8-10 songs. Typical Set:

Pinhole
What Went Right
Mona Lisa
Nature Song
Phonograph
Just Can’t Tell Her So
You Know You Should
Grease My Wheel
Old Guitar