"Nato and the gang play real rock n' roll." - Faster And Louder
"Coles' and his band is not just the best thing going in Minneapolis rock right now, but one of the best things going in music right now, anywhere." - New Noise Magazine
"That wonderful front cover was painted by the incredible Pierrette Montone, and we are so floored by how it turned out. (That's Cranberry in the fringed jacket!)" - Nato Coles
Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band (Minneapolis, MN) are a mainstay of the Twin Cities rock ’n roll music scene and are, at this point, dangerously close to achieving "veteran" status.
Formed in 2010 by Nato (Used Kids, Modern Machines) and drummer Mike Cranberry (The Manix), the band has released a number of EPs and two full-length albums: Promises To Delivery (2013 & 3025 deluxe edition) and Live At Grumpy's (2016). They perform a style of high-energy punk rock shot through with a roots-of-rock 'n roll drive. They've toured nationally a few times, but are constantly gigging around the Upper Midwest.
Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band adhere to a two part code:
1. Be excellent to each other
2. Play loud!
released December 6, 2019
Recorded mostly in the spring of 2017, and then finished over the next several months, at The Terrarium by Jacques Wait. Engineered by Jacques Wait. Produced by Celina Vacilando.
The Blue Diamond Band on Flyover are:
Sam Beer – lead guitar, guitars, “mandolin”, vocals
Mike Cranberry – drums, percussion
Luke Lecheler – piano, B3 organ
Bill Rohla – bass, vocals
Nato Coles – lead vocals, guitars, dobro (sorta), harmonica
Sara Pette sang on “Phoenix, Arizona (1989)” and “Disposable Camera”. Ryan Carey sang on “Milo And The Bars”. Your Pest Band sang and Shotgun shouted on “Demolition Man”. Garth Blomberg is present in pedal form on “The Avenue Of The Saints”.
Cover art by Pierrette Montone (and shoutout to the Starlite Ramblers for inspiration!). Back cover and design execution by Garth Blomberg with some direction from Nato. Back cover photograph taken by Joe Gregory.
Thanks to our families, our friends, and our fans. Special thanks to the inventor or inventors of the Pizzazz. This one was awhile in the making – thanks for your patience, we hope it was worth the wait. And we hope it won’t be so long between new albums again!
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