Album Review

Diode – “Diode” – [Under The Gun]

Thurston Hunger   3/5/2023   12-inch, A Library

This is Diode that sure gets current flowing quickly. A ’22 reissue of a 2020 release from an LA (well somewhere near Santa Clarita and Lancaster) band. Dig this 45 rpm record 12″ that burns up all resistors. Lead vox from Kiana obliquely tweaked my Su Tissue sensors. Her voice can pogo from a husky hurry to a fierce angular quick scream especially as she ends a word. Another key element is Theo’s fantastically filthy synth. Please enjoy that beautiful end of “Ugly.” Anyways your ears get pierced by Kiana, and then fuzzy encrusted by Theo, next Bill on guitar has martian-stacked guitar processed to wobble your earlobe around, and Vinny completes the force-piece, his sticks to your eardrums. Lyrics come and go (quick turn review on this from the web from hopefully the record has a sleeve with words and Kiana’s art work). “Eye Pop” is pretty loud and clear gouge to the male gaze, “If you see me walking around You best keep your eye on the ground, turn around and walk away” even when I’m not sure about the words “With my pelican (?!?), in my hand…I’m a man” there’s no mistaking the energy and ire. Feels like KFJC (and the country at large) needs a punk refresher these days. There are not enough asses in the world for this band to kick!
-Thurston Hunger

Visualize her voice via her art at : http://www.voodoovinylrecords.com/featured-artist.html

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