Woah, it’s been three full years since we last heard from the three-piece synth pop band with the ’70s soft-rock-inspired moves DIANA.

‘Born Again’ was four years ago.

Anyhow, the band are back at it and have a second album in the offing (offing is a strange word).

‘Slipping Away’ is “basically a song about trying to be a better person,” says DIANA’s Kieran Adams.

“It’s about trying to uncover the layers of experience that you build, the things that create your world that aren’t necessarily under your control, and trying to let go of boundaries that you might feel enclosed by. Pride and expectations do so much harm to individuals and society and we often push away enlightenment because we have a flawed image of what a positive shift feels like, and we choose comfort instead of change.

It can be a struggle and I think that’s reflected in the track. It’s dance music at its core, but we were trying to balance the elements that feel a little more ‘heady’ and introspective with elements that are more visceral. It takes an effort of both mind and body to pull yourself away from old habits, and separate the pride and regret that are sedimented into our life experience.”

The song has strong featured vocals from Gary Beale, who was on Canadian Idol.

Posted on July 26th, 2016


The 7-day gig guide to Dublin music and events // November 19th – 25th.

If you’re looking for tickets to sold out gigs try #ticketfairy on Twitter.

Ticket freebies this week:

How to enter – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig.

Skip to day: Mon | Tues | Wed | Thurs | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon

Monday November 18th

Tuesday November 19th

  • Little Matador @  The Academy 2 (€12.50)
    [Rock] New project from Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly.
  • The Pixies @ Olympia Theatre (Sold out)
    [Rock] Is it the same without Kim Deal? Do we need another tour? Was the last EP terrible? No / No / Yes
  • Julia Holter @ Whelan’s (€16.50, WIN TICKETS)
    [Composer]  LA experimental composer who released her excellent Loud City Song album in August. Second of two Dublin dates.
  • Adrian Crowley @ National Concert Hall (€12)
    [Folk]  Night will feature two cellists and  Steinway grand piano.
  • Múm @ Button Factory (€17.50)
    [Electronic] First show in 6 years from the Iceland band. 

Wednesday November 20th

  • Blancmange @ The Sugar Club (€15)
    [80s synthpop] Original Cork/Dublin dates have been postponed. This one replaces it. Plus KuBO & DJ set from Futuresquer
  • Editors @ Olympia Theatre (€33)
    [Rock] Not for me but a lot of you like them.
  • Shellac @ Whelan’s (€20)
    [Rock] Legendary producer Steve Albini’s band.
  • Movements: Ryan Hemsworth @ Button Factory (€6-€8, 10:30pm, WIN TICKETS)
    [Electronic] His last show was a sellout. His new album Guilt Trips is out now..

Thursday November 21st

Friday November 22nd

Saturday November 23rd

Sunday November 24th

Monday November 25th


Posted on November 18th, 2013


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DIANA’s ‘Born Again’ has featured here a few times in the eight or so months, and now, the Toronto band are about to release their debut LP Perpetual Surrender on August 19th on Jagjaguwar.

The video’s kaleidoscopic effects for the title track (folded paintings of singer Carmen Elle manipulated) is a good fit for the track’s atmospheric soft-rock leaning pop. The song sounds a bit like Chairlift’s recent album Something. The song gets a 12″ release backed with a as yet unheard Four Tet remix available on the pre-order.

Posted on July 11th, 2013


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Just in time for Summah, it’s the latest podcast featuring a solo run from me (Aoife is a bizzy lady at the moment). 14 songs taken from recent and greatest releases this year and beyond.


Posted on June 16th, 2013

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dianaWhile I introduced this DIANA track 6 months ago in my Indo page, you may have missed it and it’s getting a 12″ release on Forest Family Records (Weekly Tapedeck and Gorilla vs. Bear). ‘Born Again’ is a dreamy ’80s atmospheric pop number with hushed vocals and that ’80s synth bassline. It soars.

The Doldrums remix:

DIANA is Joseph Shabason (of Destroyer), Kieran Adams, Carmen Elle with Paul Mathew live. They hail from Montreal and an album is coming this year.

Posted on January 17th, 2013