3/27/2019

Diane Coffee premieres new song "Like A Child Does"

DIANE COFFEE
Premieres New Song "Like A Child Does"

New Album Internet Arms Out April 19 on Polyvinyl Record Co.

On Tour This Spring

Photo credit: Alexa Viscius

"Conjuring both Mick Jagger and David Bowie... Diane Coffee gives the kind of live performances you talk about for weeks after seeing." - NPR
"[An] all-encompassing live force." - BILLBOARD
"Psychedelic funk with a lot of energy and soul." - STEREOGUM
"Fleming's unpredictable nature lends some of its erratic qualities to create provocative music. The result is a deep exploration of sonic pleasure." - INTERVIEW

Diane Coffee, the pop project of former Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, shared his new single "Like A Child Does" today; the exuberant track will appear on his new album Internet Arms, out April 19 on Polyvinyl Record Co. Fleming says "Like A Child Does" is "about acting out and the chaos it creates. When humans live in a state of denial about their behavior and choose to live out the same loop over and over again, at some point a breakdown is inevitable. The breakdown can be a powerful growing moment: you either see yourself and make a change or fall back into the loop." Flood, who premiered the song, write, "Concealed behind the electronic pop soundtrack and Coffee's harmonizing falsetto, lies the conflict addressed throughout Internet Arms, an internal conflict so often agitated by the freedom of personality technology increasingly permits."


Internet Arms is out April 19 on Polyvinyl and also includes the previously released single "Not Ready To Go." The album is available for pre-order in physical and digitalformat.

Diane Coffee is taking Internet Arms on tour across North America this spring and summer. Catch him at:

04/24 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
04/25 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
05/09 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe #
05/10 - Washington, DC @ DC9 #
05/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's #%
05/14 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #%
05/15 - Boston, MA @ Sonia #%
05/16 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz #%
05/17 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison #%
05/18 - Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx #%
05/31 - Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo
06/01 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
06/02 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown - Front Room
06/05 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
06/07 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
06/08 - Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall
06/11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
06/13 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
06/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
06/15 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
06/16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
06/18 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
06/20 - Kansas City, MO@ recordBar
06/21 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
06/22 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
06/28 - Davenport, IA @ Racoon Motel
06/29 - Macomb, IL @ Heritage Days
# w/ Active Bird Community
% w/ Jackie Mendoza


MORE ON INTERNET ARMS:

The ever-evolving spectacle that is Diane Coffee -- the gender and genre-bending alter ego of Shaun Fleming -- returns with Internet Arms, a swan dive into a lush, digital glam wonderland.

Fleming's path to stardom can be traced all the way back to his childhood days as a Disney voice actor, but for the past six years he's explored the depths of his identity and channeled it outward in the form of the enigmatic and exuberant Diane Coffee.

In 2018, after performing as King Herod in the Lyric Opera's critically-acclaimed run of Jesus Christ Superstar, Fleming emerged from the recording studio with Internet Arms. Born from the fear and uncertainty of a future in which humankind is both dependent on and poisoned by technology, the album finds Diane Coffee trapped in a digital world, enslaved by AI.

"Did you know the technology exists to take a photo of anyone you know and use it to create... well, let's call it, 'adult entertainment'?" Fleming asks. "And did you know that an estimated 70% of all online activity isn't human? Where does that leave us? We don't interact with each other anymore because we're always online. Not to mention we can manifest any version of ourselves at the push of a button when we're logged in, so when we encounter humans they're not even real."

Facing this existential crisis, Fleming's anxieties became his muse as his writing explored the scenarios of this dystopian future: "It's a personal study on how I feel about living with constant blurred lines of the self and the projected self." This notion shaped the sound of Internet Arms as well, compelling Fleming to gravitate toward synths, electronic drums, and other futuristic sounds from the past and present to create his version of a digital landscape, as well as a digital version of himself.

"The songs are what have always dictated the sound. Working in the realm of clean, modern pop production has been an exhilarating change of pace. Diane Coffee now sounds like a digitization of its former self because I also feel trapped in this digital world," Fleming explains.

This newly cybernated Diane Coffee is masterfully unveiled on album standouts "Not Ready to Go" and "Like a Child Does," with both songs serving as vulnerable reflections on power and abuse. But whereas the former positions its chorus to soar high above a cityscape constructed of conduits and transistors,  the driving pulse of the latter propels forward like a high-speed race through the surface streets of said city. Elsewhere, Diane Coffee's sonic boundaries are pushed the furthest on "Lights Off," a massive contemporary pop song that impressively showcases Fleming's extraordinary vocal range.

As a whole, Internet Arms marks a significant new phase for Fleming, a testimony to the idea that Diane Coffee will endure as a fluid form of expression that continues to defy expectations of sound and genre.  

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