Bay area-based electronic indie rock band NEW DIPLOMAT are proud to announce their new as-yet-unnamed EP on Friday, August 19, produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, Fischerspooner, Blondie). The first track from the EP, “Stay Up,” is set for a July 29 release.
The new EP showcases a change in the band’s sound from its previous releases, 2013’s In Gold and their debut 2011 EP, Buy Yourself Some Freedom. According to guitarist Paolo Von Giordano, “With this EP, the band is the most cohesive it’s ever been, both musically and personally. The songs are definitely more focused, direct and uplifting; a true projection of the energy we are feeling at the moment.”
The result is a collection of songs that will appeal to a wider audience. They rock, sure; but you can also dance to it. The band blends alternative rock with electronica to create its own unique brand of 21st century new wave. Their individual musical influences, (The Killers, Muse, New Order, The Strokes) each lend a bit of unique flavor to the NEW DIPLOMAT sound.
The multi-cultural band members met in the San Francisco music scene in 2010, while they were each in different bands. Rounding out the group are vocalist/bassist Horacio O’Brien-Ferres and Jacob Hartog (drums/percussion/synths).
Joining forces with uber-producer Jeff Saltzman on this release was a fantastic musical experience for NEW DIPLOMAT. “Working with Jeff on this EP was amazing,” Von Giordano explains. “He has this way of identifying a specific musical element that’s special, then seamlessly bringing it back throughout the song, even in unexpected spots…and it was always pretty magical. Jeff is more interested in the feeling of the performances over the technical aspect.”
The first track to be released from the EP is an epic new wave journey “Stay Up.” It’s a catchy and energetic tune about being young, going out a lot, falling in and out of love…a dance-rock version of a quintessential youth anthem. This song’s crunchy guitars, undeniably funky bassline, clear vocals and soaring synthesizer riffs are pop/rock at its finest, and you might catch yourself still singing it days after listening to it. Sample lyric: “Oh I’ve been wasting my whole life/Chasing the next night/I wanted to be all right.”
“Since our last EP, we’ve learned that timing is everything, and less is more. It sounds obvious, but it’s been our biggest challenge to channel everything and transform ourselves into a more direct and effective musical force. We’ve also learned to build more bridges with our fans and connect deeper, and we’re seeing the difference in their reaction.”
Stay tuned for more news coming soon, about live shows and more upcoming releases.