Nato Coles lives and breathes rock and roll. As a young buck he fronted Modern Machines, followed by the much loved (by me) Used Kids. In 2010 he moved to Minneapolis and started a new project, Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band. Building from his punk roots but adding elements of soul, Americana and time-tested rock and roll, he has created a unique sound that pays homage to the greats while still sounding fresh. He's been bringing the energy of Springsteen and the craft of Westerberg to dive bars across the country for years, and shows no signs of slowing down. He also makes a mean pizza.
-Hi, I'm Ryan, you must be....
Thirsty. You thirsty? People call me Nato Coles. I play in Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band.
-That's rad, why the blue diamond band, do you guys just love almonds?
Haha, actually I do really really like almonds, including the brand of them with which we share a name. A healthy snack! But the name actually came from a horrible cheap lager we used to drink at practices during the Neolithic era of the band, back in 2010. We don't drink it anymore. It may not exist anymore. It was bad. But it was cheap and so were we!
-I checked, it no longer exists. But it did receive a score of 2.4 out of 5 on some beer website. Rumor has it that these are your first new songs since 2016. Care to comment on that?
I'll keep it as short as possible: we recorded a dozen-plus songs, with the intention of making an album out of the majority of them, in the spring of 2017. Well, due to circumstances more arcane than deciphering ancient Etruscan, it took a lot longer to get the project finished than we had expected. But finish it we did, and when we took stock of it all there were songs that better fit the album-to-be and songs that, while pretty kickass in our estimation, stood apart from that album-to-be. These are two of them.
-Oh, I see. And the new record comes out when?
Spring 2019 dammit!!! And the world will know this. We won't be quiet about it. It's happening. It's been WAY too long since the last one!
-I'm sure you will be bringing your crazy live show to multiple cities at that point. Please let us know where and when we can see it.
There are certainly plans to tour on the album throughout 2019, and we do hope to hit many of our favorite spots around the continent, maybe beyond. Certainly not just the Upper Midwest.
-Any parting remarks?
I'm really proud of "Dangerous" and "Midnight In Memphis". They may not be slated for the album but they're a couple of our favorite songs to play live, they show up in set lists as often or more often than many of the album tracks proper. As much as they didn't fit our next full-length, somehow they seem like a good pair together. Maybe people listening will know what I mean, maybe not, but to me they both would make a good A and B side of a 45, big hole, in a jukebox. Thanks for putting them out, Motorcycle Potluck!