Diamond Lake creates cinematic music, as evidenced in their new EP, Mirrors (2019), which is comprised solely of songs based on the collective unease in the modern world and the part technology plays in it—the platform of the series, Black Mirror. That’s what you get when you take a visual artist, a filmmaker, and a software guru and make a rock band. Their music is high-spirited with periods of melancholy. It’s raw while smart. Danceable while not dance music. Emotional while not emo. It hits you in the moment, then sticks with you for days, just like a good movie.
Also worth mentioning is their live show. An expressive, visual experience, incorporating film, art, and animation, it’s as much a reflection of their storytelling as the music itself.
Formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2012, then relocated to Minneapolis in 2014, the trio consists of Jarrod Riddle (vocals/guitars/keys), Ollie Bauer (drums/programming), and Andy Gruhn (bass/keyboards). Their first studio album Spirits was released in (2014), and the dynamic, melody-driven, dance rock EP, Changes in late (2018).
Junipero and Rewinder from the forthcoming album, Mirrors, are already featured in a Medtronic national broadcast advertising campaign.
The forthcoming album, Mirrors, is solely based on episodes of the popular UK series, Black Mirror.
Diamond Lake's songs are licensed and featured on television for E!TV, MTV, ESPN, VICE, and Discovery Channel.
Changes EP, charted in Top 100 College Radio (2018) for 3 month span.
"All you need to know is that Diamond Lake sound a bit like everything and nothing like anything and that is where the best music is usually to be found."
- DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE
“Diamond Lake is a band that’s superior in creating awe-inspiring music that most rock fans would find irresistible.”
“The Minneapolis-based band Diamond Lake has always something to offer the audience with its high-spirited, unique, and energetic music and sound and this is another near perfect offering from the band"
-MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS NETWORK
"The more you hear it, the more enjoyable it becomes – a rare and valuable trait."
"Their pop-rock energy (mixed with a poignant lyricism) is reminiscent of legendary bands such as Incubus, Foo Fighters, and Feeder, to mention but a few."
-SLEEPING BAG STUDIOS
"Emergency by Diamond Lake reveals the power of music when musicians recognize their responsibility as caretakers of this sacred craft."
"...reminiscent of U2’s early days but with a post-modern attitude...OVERALL RATING (4.5/5)”
- SKOPE MAGAZINE
“There’s nothing like a good ol’ rock tune that can wake up every part of your body.”
-THE RATINGS GAME
“Sonically Diamond Lake sit in a very interesting place. Rock but avoiding the bombast and cliche, indie but without succumbing to the style over substance distractions that have taken many a good band down the wrong route, danceable but not dance music, full of pop-like infectiousness but too smart to really be put in that bracket.”
-DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE