More of a melodic rock act ripe for radio play, Diamond‘s members would suggest their fusion together might bring something a bit more abrasive. Yet, snuggled in the midst of an album created by a quartet that includes members of both Trapped Under Ice and Down to Nothing is a sound sweet and carefree, yet catchy and a little crunchy when necessary. Don’t Lose Your Cool might be an upbeat, head-nodding adventure to the other side of the music spectrum for some of these guys, but the cohesiveness and crafty melodies here are pleasantly surprising, channeling the likes of Jimmy Eat World and Weezer for an EP chock full of sing-along ready fun.
Album opener “Sunburn” sets the bar, creating what could easily be a hardcore undertone for Justin Gilman’s two-tiered, back and forth vocal delivery – passionate, loud barks for when the music is in full gear, but pulling back to a Chris Conley-esque croon for the simple melodic breaks and long vocal holds. Gilman’s vocal lines are tough to deny getting into your head, and the musical background – as it is through most of Don’t Lose Your Cool – is huge and beautifully sweet. “Fix of Mine” follows a similar pattern, plunging your ears into often soaring choruses slathered with lush melodies and driving, yet simple kit work.
It’s tough to say what immediately pulls you into Diamond’s ridiculously catchy sonic boom of rock though. Gilman’s voice certainly shines throughout, even on the voice-only title track that harkens a little bit of a doo-wop/barbershop quartet feel in its delivery. But to jump right on because of the vocals would be a shame to the driving guitar lines that help render these tracks so irresistible. “The Feeling” has huge melodies that push it from the opening, while “Pleasantries” channels early Weezer with a hefty helping of fuzzed out guitars and laid back drumming. It helps to be able to identify the implied source of the sound through most of this EP, even if the twist rendered to the delivery is not quite as noticeable in certain points. This EP is beyond enjoyable enough to pardon the slight lack of envelope pushing when it comes to songwriting.
It is more than certain that Diamond has a knack for the fluid, loud rock they crank out on this seven-track treat. If you’re looking for something that is fun, lighthearted and will be hard to get out of your head, Diamond’s Don’t Lose Your Cool might just be the surprise you’ve been waiting for.