Melbourne’s most relentless live performers On Diamond are poised to release their highly anticipated self-titled debut album out Friday 12 April via Eastmint. Following on from bandleader Lisa Salvo’s 2014 debut album I Could Have Been A Castle, the project was revived into a more collaborative synergy over the past four years with the release of singles ‘Long Road’, ‘Light’, ‘How’ and most recently, ‘Poison Blood.’ On Diamond has managed to adapt their raw sound into an intriguing live show, further building on the anticipation of the eight-track album.
With all songs written by Lisa Salvo, On Diamond is now a fully collaborative project, featuring members of Jaala, Grand Salvo, Jazz Party and Hannah Cameron. On Diamondwere able to fuse the sounds required for creating the album within the realm of the band’s practice space and live shows. Once fully realised Lisa enlisted ARIA nominated musician and composer, Evelyn Ida Morris, to assist with producing the album.
Lisa Salvo has crafted a cathartic journey from track one continuing on to track eight. The LP’s opener, ‘The Ocean Floor’, is a gentle introduction to the themes explored throughout the album. It urges listeners to lean into their subconscious and let their psyche unravel. ‘How’ was the second taste of the album released back in 2018, picking up ‘This Week’s Top Ten’ at PBS 106.7fm & No 3 in the Amrap Metro charts. ‘How’ manifests feelings of grief and disconnect, expressing confusion for a broken kinship. Following the course, another feature track ‘Poison Blood’ encourages a strong step forward in spite of past trauma.
Other album highlights include ‘The Purple Palace’ and ‘Laughing in the Face of the Big Door’. ‘The Purple Palace’ pays homage to the house most of the record was written in. The dreamy track represents Salvo’s deep connection to the house, as she realised the “Purple Palace” was a place inside herself. Meanwhile, ‘Laughing in the Face of the Big Door’ was inspired by a visual psychedelic sequence in an episode of Twin Peaks. The sequence mirrors Salvo’s own determination to progress even when a door appears closed.
Local indie label Eastmint are thrilled to be releasing On Diamond’s debut and have a very limited edition of orange vinyl to purchase via Bandcamp, and at their upcoming album launch shows at The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine and The Gasometer during May.
ON DIAMOND ALBUM LAUNCH SHOWS Friday 17 May - The Bridge, Castlemaine Supports: TBA Tickets on sale at thebridgehotelcastlemaine.com
Thursday 30 May - The Gasometer, Melbourne Supports: TBA Tickets on sale at www.thegasometerhotel.com.au OTHER UPCOMING SHOWS Thursday 4 April - Nighthawks, Melbourne With Hydra Fashion Week and Blood Moon
Sunday 14 April - Summer Dreaming Festival, Thornbury Bowls Club
On Diamond’s self-titled album is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp and out Friday 12 April 2019.
ON DIAMOND - Track Listing 1. The Ocean Floor 2. How 3. Poison Blood 4. Crying For it 5. Light 6. The Purple Palace 7. Laughing In The Face 8. Tether