Given the amount of new music produced daily, it is rare to find an album that is prolific–that shines amongst a sea of lukewarm new releases. Diane Coffee creates a lust to hear more. The band’s debut album, My Friend Fish, pops open with a startling organ glissando: like a child running its fingers recklessly up a keyboard. The virgin listener doesn’t know how long the screech will last until a voice cues the band with a soft “1-2-3” towards a soothing Carole King-like comfy tempo, a background for a teeny-bop girl to sing her heart out.
Behind that voice is 26 year-old Shaun Fleming, playing underneath the moniker Diane Coffee. Fleming grew up in Agoura Hills, California but moved to New York last Fall, only to be welcomed by an empty apartment filled with no friends and the flu. Isolation served as inspiration and Diane Coffee was birthed. Fleming is on the rise, and it is best to watch out for Diane Coffee. Their debut album speaks for itself, and there’s no more need for Fleming’s fame as Foxygen’s drummer or even his childhood acting gigs on Kim Possible and Lilo and Stitch.
WSPN found time to interview Shaun Fleming in between sound check and an Izumi dinner prior to Diane Coffee’s performance at Skidmore College last Saturday, February 22nd. Skidmore Entertainment Committee funded the concert, and native band Los Elk opened. For those who didn’t attend- you missed out. The band comprised of Jared Walker (guitar), Emily Panic (bass), Steve Okonsi, (keyboard), and Joey Lefitz, (drums,) created a foreground for Fleming’s theatrical excitement. The band’s energy was palpable, generating a collective awe. They brightened up the funky black light lighting that is Falstaff’s. We talked about everything from high school music inspiration to soup, enjoy: