Free Diamonds, By the Sword

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Free Diamonds play a brand of post-punk that will be instantly familiar to anyone who has bothered to listen to the genre over the past five years. The major difference between Free and, say, the Arctic Monkeys, however, is the wild and wooly bass that snakes its way through each track as though it was beamed straight in from ’80s minimalists the Minuteman or Wire. As a result, there's a ton of space in each of the quick and dirty tunes that the Diamonds proffer — making for an equally quick and dirty chance for you to get down properly. And with song titles like “Flamingo!,” “The Little Keyboard Song” and “Jealous Panther,” it's a good bet that's exactly what they want you to do.