The New Diet

The New Diet


Anthemic Indie/Rock songs with memorable melodies and insightful lyrics this Chicago band takes their cues from some of the better power-pop-punk from the 90s. Nice and catchy, and none of that self-conciously nerdy obnoxiousness you think of when someone says "think Weezer and Cheap Trick"


In the midst of Chicago’s pop-punk explosion of 2005, The New Diet went in a slightly different direction. With memorable melodies and insightful lyrics Anthony Focareto (the bands founding member) started creating anthemic rock/indie pop songs. This isn’t exactly the type of music anyone would expect to come out of Chicago’s Little Village/K-ville neighborhood. Anthony (vocals/guitar) and Jorge Uribe (drums) reside on one of the more adventurous sides of Chicago. Their 2-song demo featuring “Gun Shy” and “Get With the Program” made its rounds through the local scene and a fan base started to grow.

As of February 2007, The New Diet were a full fledged indie rock quartet with the addition of Adrian Serrano (guitar/vox/keys) and Dillon Kelley(bass) while playing Chicago venues like The Metro, Beat kitchen, Subterranean, and The Cubby Bear. The not so distant Northwest Indiana crowd proved to be fans as well by packing venues like Bean Counters in Highland and New Horizon in Winona Lake.

Playing over 100 shows, one of the highlights so far has been a sold out show at the Metro. In late 2007 they took some time off to record their self-financed album “Green” at Gravity Studios. This EP features a unique mix of catchy melodies and solid structures that are epic in nature, but always intimate. A great example of this are in songs like “Reasons” and “Explanations”

2008 proved to be a big year for the hardworking band. They played their first headlining show in February at Subterranean, and released their first EP Green on April 4th with a show at Beat Kitchen featuring Darkroom. In the summer of 2008 the four set out on their first tour, making their way through the midwest and east coast before returning home 3 weeks later, selling hundreds of CDs along the way.

The band is starting 2009 off to a running start. New music is being written and recorded and a early spring tour is in the works.


Singles: (2005, 2006)
Gun Shy, Get with the program, Madison Ave.
EPs: (2008)
Radio Play: Local college radio play and soon to be heard on Q101's Local 101 show.

Set List

The New Diet plays a 6 to 8 song set that can last between 25 to 35 minutes, but can play longer sets if notified. The band is a whirlwind live and puts on a fantastic show full of energy, while still sounding full and tight.