The band's music -- drawn primarily from 2006's debut LP, Return to the Sea -- is a great collection of oddball indie pop, mixing influences as diverse as hip-hop and calypso. Yet Diamonds grows weary of these sweet sounds. "I've since disowned the pop genre," he says. "I still want to write songs that are good, but I'm less concerned with being a populist. Not that I am disowning this record, but my mind is just in a really different space now."
That new space is rock and roll, so expect the sextet's live show to wield a sharper edge, with extensive instrumentation that includes guitar, drums, keyboard, clarinet, oboe, recorder, violin, and viola. "[The new songs] are a lot heavier in a rock sense and also in a lyrical sense," says Diamonds.