Fancy Diamonds is a party rock band from Saskatoon that has recently released their debut EP, Sparkle Party. The boys of Fancy Diamonds are chock full of personality and were happy to share with our readers what they are up to in 2016.
You have recently released your EP, Sparkle Party. How would you describe your sound for someone who has never heard your band?
We’re a party band, our sound is high energy and easy to sing along to by the second chorus. It’s kind of a fresh take on the 50s & 60s garage, surf and doowap groups, which we love.
What Canadian artists do you draw inspiration from when creating your music?
So many great Canadian artists right now! I’ll name a few more obscure ones that we’re really taken with – Soda Pony, The Unbelievable Bargains, Christian Hansen & Drake.
How did the ‘trademark blue tuxedos’ become a staple in your performances?
We’ve all been playing in bands for a long time and really like to make an event out of when we perform. If people are going to look at us for 45 minutes we might as well look sharp! It also ties in with our influence and love for the old groups that used to dress this way.
What does 2016 look like Fancy Diamonds?
This summer ’16 tour has been great, we’ll wrap it up in Alberta this weekend. We’ve been asked to play a cool festival in Medicine Hat called Heliocity, June 4 so we’re going to play a few more shows around that. But our main goal is to record our catalog of new songs and begin making our first LP with the working title, Genuine Gems.
What is your favourite song lyric from your music and why?
We have a song called “Hot Potato”, one of the lyrics is “keep the shiny side out” it’s becoming a catch phrase for us, as it ties in with the diamond theme. We enjoy quick inspirational sayings to keep us motivated.
What was the last concert you attended as fans?
Skyler went to the Death from Above 1979 show not long ago. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is coming to Saskatoon at the end of the month, I’m pretty excited to attend that one!
Who is the troublemaker of the band?
The fun part about this band is we’re all the trouble maker, we each have moments of “Mom” where we have to keep the others in line. But we all like to party and goof around.
When you are not on tour or not in the studio, what do you like to do for fun?
We’re pretty obsessed with the band but in our downtime we all enjoy really far-out comedies, t-shows & movies. And cooking delicious food and eating together.
Are there any hidden talents among the members of the band that you care to share with Canadian Beats?
We all have talents beside the band but they all kind of tie into the band. Brodie, the keyboard and sax player, runs his own professional & portable recording studio. Myself, Dylan Evans, I am a co-owner of a free lance video business and recently created a music video for our song “Rocknrollin” which is up on YouTube.
With spring finally here, we at Canadian Beats are thinking about festival season. What summer festival are you looking forward to the most, and why? T
Here’s a couple of festivals we applied to play at and are still waiting to hear back from. Grilledcheesapolooza we really hope to get into, it just sounds tasty! And MOSO fest in Saskatoon is always really magical.
In twenty words or less, describe Fancy Diamonds.
The boys in the bright blue sports coats! Who do they think they are?!
Check out the Official Video for their single, “Rocknrollin” and follow them on social media to find out when they are touring in a town near you!
I’m Nicole, a biology teacher by day, but my life revolves around music. I’m that girl that you will always find with the concert t-shirt on and ear buds in. It is rare that you find me without some type of music playing in the background. I connect all of my life experiences to music. It truly has its own language in my heart. There is nothing more exciting than taking in all that a concert has to offer. I love to support local Canadian acts and attend as many shows that I can.