About Last Weekend

About last weekend

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Back, for now: Dreaded Diamond, a brother-sister duo with Tyler and Juliana Lydell, rocked Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub at their EP release show Friday, July 17. Good news: Youngling, the band’s new album, is all that fans could hope for and more.

On record, dreamy melodic lines are juxtaposed with just enough math to be surprising. The delicate mix of time signatures keeps the music engaging without making it too difficult to be accessible.

It’s been four years since the band’s last album, Healthy Fears. During that time, the group seemed dormant, if not dead, until its Facebook page lit up with talk of a new album and concert.

“This is a thing that we decided to do less than a month ago,” said Juliana Lydell, Dreaded Diamond’s lead vocalist and keyboardist. “It was very out-of-nowhere. We’re both moving in August, and we were like, ’You know, we should do an EP.’”

Not surprisingly, when Dreaded Diamond finally hit the stage again, the crowd went nuts. On this night, the Lydells were backed up by a huge band—the latter of which provided an accompanying huge sound.

“We had some very talented friends on board,” said Juliana. Keys, guitars, bass, violin and trumpet were along for the ride, and all managed to convey the intricacies of the music perfectly. Unexpected stops and starts thanks to the band’s distinctive and unusual time signatures make for tricky playing, but the band never missed a note.

The group played all the songs on the new EP and closed out the show by jamming on “Death by Fugu” off their last album. They also threw in a cover, Pedro the Lion’s “Magazine.” Audience cheers and a sing-along ensued.

Dreaded Diamond will soon go on hiatus again. School is on the horizon for both siblings come fall, according to Juliana. “I’m going to UC San Diego and my brother’s going to Nashville,” she said. Still, there are plans for a concert next summer.

And will they be playing Sacramento? Juliana says, “Definitely.”

—Meg Masterson

Find the original article on SN&R’s website HERE.

 

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