4/03/2019

Diane Coffee shares "Like A Child Does" video, new album "Internet Arms" out 4/19 on Polyvinyl

DIANE COFFEE


Watch Now on V Magazine

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

On Tour This Spring

 

"While the new track, 'Like a Child Does,' may hark back to Fleming's inner "cyberkid," the sound is as raw and authentic as ever." - V

Diane Coffee, the pop project of Shaun Fleming, released his new single "Like A Child Does" last week, and today he shares a new video, a playful and wildly inventive riff on the song's lyrics. V Magazine premiered the clip and also interviewed Fleming about his forthcoming new album Internet Arms. "There is sort of a sub-plot to this record where the world has been taken over by AI," he says. "Classic terminator vibes, it's like what a Diane Coffee record would sound like if I was creating it in a digital landscape."
 

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 digital format.

Diane Coffee was also recently profiled by Aquarium Drunkard, discussing Internet Arms' concept of society's tangled relationship with technology. "This album isn't saying 'technology is a bad thing,' that's not what it's about," says Fleming. "It's asking these questions. I'm trying to ask the question, how do we integrate this into our lives and make something sustainable? Cause right now, our human interaction is cut down to almost nothing." Read the full interview HERE.

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
5/03: Cincinnati, OH @ Art Academy of Cincinnati
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 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
06/06 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
06/07 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
06/08 - Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
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
09/04 - Spring Green, WI @ Sh*tty Barn Sessions
# w/ Active Bird Community
% w/ Jackie Mendoza

PRAISE FOR DIANE COFFEE:



"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

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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