At this point in time, it’s basically impossible not to have heard of Foxygen. With their 2013 breakout album We Are The 21st-Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic (produced by the famed Richard Swift), the band catapulted into the public spotlight. With Foxygen’s well-deserved success, drummer Shaun Fleming’s solo project, Diane Coffee, is worthy of its own attention.
Fleming grew up in Westlake, a suburb that resides just south of Los Angeles. Showbiz came easily to Fleming, as here he was able to become a notable Disney voice actor, taking on leading roles in Kim Possible, Teacher’s Pet, and Lilo and Stich: The Series. However, Fleming switched mediums from the small screen to music upon graduating from high school.
Leaving LA for a tiny NYC apartment in 2012, Fleming would write and record Diane Coffee’s debut album, My Friend Fish, while recovering from a bout of the flu. The 60’s and 70’s influenced LP was recorded without a proper drum set and a bass, with Fleming using out-of-tune guitars for the latter. The whimsical mix of psych, soul, garage, and funk caught both people’s eyes and ears – even that of rap group Run The Jewels, who featured Diane Coffee on their latest album.
Like Foxygen, Diane Coffee is known for unpredictable and expressive live shows. This makes sense, of course, given that Diane Coffee’s namesake is a combination between Diana Ross, and the Nathan Pelkey song, “Mr. Coffee.” Between Fleming’s on-stage antics, and selections of new material from upcoming album Everybody’s a Good Dog, Diane Coffee at Baby’s All Right is sure to be one for the books (or blogs, nowadays).
– Dani Narins