The Diamond Lights
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The Diamond Lights

Rugby, England, United Kingdom | SELF

Rugby, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Duo Alternative Rock

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"THE DIAMOND LIGHTS"

London based two-piece The Diamond Lights performed at Islington’s Hope & Anchor on 10 May. Their guitar and drum setup invited comparisons to The Black Keys, but their no-frills, back-to-basics approach owes more to smaller bands like Japandroids and No Age. The primal but precise sound of Glenn Fryatt on drums is the perfect counterbalance to the thrash and unhinged performance of Chris Hornby on guitar and lead vocals, harking back to early Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. As Hornby's guitar rips through the tiny basement, he belts out opener CTF with a vocal reminiscent of a young Mark E. Smith. Armed with a bank of effects pedals, he plays and distorts the guitar to ferocious effect with Glenn’s drumming providing the backbone for their muscular sound. At a lean 25 minutes, they play just seven songs, but save the best for last in Yes Sir, a dirty little garage rock belter complete with Stooges riffs and wolf howls. It all made for a great end to a rough and ready sonic attack that shred our ears in the best possible way. - Volume Magazine


"Artrocker Reviewer Castillo C. Castillo Escapes The Spring Showers And Finds A New Favourite Band In The Diamond Lights At London's Legendary Old Blue Last"

The Diamond Lights clambered onto the stage next. The only song I had previously heard from this East London duo was the excellent Queens of the Stone Age-esque ‘Yes Sir’, but this didn’t prepare me for what I was about to see live. Drummer Glenn Fryatt immediately launched into a tom-laden attack as Chris Hornby’s blistering guitar and vocals reminded me of ‘Fall Heads Roll’ era The Fall. From start to finish, The Diamond Lights were easily as good a band as I have seen and heard for a very long time. Fryatt’s serial killer intensity behind the kit works perfectly with Hornby’s 50s tinged vocal style and jagged guitar stylings. Twenty-five minutes, seven songs and a crowd shouting for more later, this absorbing and pleasurable sonic assault was over. Leave them wanting more would seem to be their motto, and they certainly did… - Artrocker


"Artrocker Reviewer Castillo C. Castillo Escapes The Spring Showers And Finds A New Favourite Band In The Diamond Lights At London's Legendary Old Blue Last"

The Diamond Lights clambered onto the stage next. The only song I had previously heard from this East London duo was the excellent Queens of the Stone Age-esque ‘Yes Sir’, but this didn’t prepare me for what I was about to see live. Drummer Glenn Fryatt immediately launched into a tom-laden attack as Chris Hornby’s blistering guitar and vocals reminded me of ‘Fall Heads Roll’ era The Fall. From start to finish, The Diamond Lights were easily as good a band as I have seen and heard for a very long time. Fryatt’s serial killer intensity behind the kit works perfectly with Hornby’s 50s tinged vocal style and jagged guitar stylings. Twenty-five minutes, seven songs and a crowd shouting for more later, this absorbing and pleasurable sonic assault was over. Leave them wanting more would seem to be their motto, and they certainly did… - Artrocker


"As Good A Live Band As You Will See."

The one and only song I have heard of The Diamond Lights is good but it definitely does not prepare you for what you are about to see live. The Diamond Lights are as good as any band I have seen live since doing Music Photography. Tight is an understatement and if Glastonbury had any sense and idea who The Diamond Lights were they would be playing that John Peel Stage. Top band and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing them live again. - RobinLDN


"1234 Festival"

1234 Shoreditch Festival 2012 in association with Deezer put on its fifth event at Shoreditch Park in London last weekend.
With headliners The Buzzcocks, a great line up including Bo Ningen and Streets of Beige hosting a stage, the day lived up to its title as the best single day festival in London.
Photographer Eliana Carranza Pitcher took these photos for Volume. Follow Eliana on Instagram @visualmagic - Volume Magazine


"French Sounds Live In London"

"...The Diamond Lights are a noisy duo of guitar and drums who have recently received acclaim from NME magazine. We understand why! Tonight, this group has been a great find. The group compares well and reminds us of Thee Oh Sees with their delicious, grimy riffs..." - Amalgame Musical


"Paris Is Burning There?"

"...The Diamond Lights are led by Chris Hornby (Guitar/Vocals) and Glenn Fryatt (Drums/Backing Vocals). They are not there just for fun. From the first notes, it is clear that we are about to attend a great concert. The Diamond Lights mix well a garagey vocal (accompanied by a delay effect that comes straight from the 50s) with a simply enormous guitar. The dynamics are full on, hitting you full in the face! The drums are powerful and precise, the songs are strong and effective. In short, you have not heard the last of these guys..." - Green Cats Babies!


"Exclusive free download from The Diamond Lights!"

THE DIAMOND LIGHTS are a brand new 2-piece from London who are about to play their debut shows as part of a joint UK TOUR with US band Nightmare Air ahead of their performance on our New Blood stage at 1234 Festival.

We are giving you an exclusive FREE DOWNLOAD by the band below:
- Artrocker


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Still working on that hot first release.

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Based in East London's Netil House Studios, THE DIAMOND LIGHTS have been playing together since the end of 2011.

Chris Hornby and Glenn Fryatt formed the two-piece to try and create music with a bit of swagger again after becoming bored with the identikit Indie guitar bands in the UK.

Without a bass player THE DIAMOND LIGHTS create their "primal but precise sound" from one guitarist, "a 50s tinged vocal style" two guitar amps and one "serial killer intensity" drummer.

Having completed a successful UK tour alongside LA rockers Nightmare Air, THE DIAMOND LIGHTS have been busy recording with Luke Ford and Olly Betts from The Duke Spirit in the production chair and Charlie Russell (Alt-J, Kasabian, Jamiroquai) providing the mixes for the upcoming debut single release.

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