Award-winning Seattle band Diamondwolf is two long-time locals in harmony. Alicia Dara has been a member of the Seattle music community for 15 years, released 5 solo records and fronts indie rock band The Volcano Diary. Glen Cooper is a local musician and improv actor. They met 13 years ago and reconnected in 2012. An EP of 2 originals and three covers was released in 2013. The CD release at the Crocodile for their first EP sold out, and they got a reputation for red-hot acoustic shows with skilled close-harmony singing that evokes The Civil Wars and Band of Horses.
Diamondwolf has won awards for their songs, one for the haunting ballad "Swansong" and another for the rousing anthem "Cool Blue Fire". Both songs will appear on their upcoming full-length debut CD, due in early 2015.
Both Alicia and Glen are multi-instrumental, and they played most of the tracks on their upcoming CD, with Alicia on drums and slide guitar, and Glen on bass and electric guitar. The signature Diamondwolf sound is the interplay between two acoustic guitars: Glen plays a regular 6- string acoustic, and Alicia's has Nashville strings, which fills out their sound and creates unique chord voicings. Their record was recorded in an open room on Vashon Island, inside a “forest of microphones” that captured crystal-clear live takes of their voices and guitars. Overdubs were added afterward, including Alicia on drums and Glen on bass, with co-producer Jason Staczek adding piano and Hammond B3 organ. Additional tracks were recorded and co-produced with Moe Provencher, and with Justin Froese in the cavernous Fremont Abbey.
In 2014 Diamondwolf also recorded a brand-new EP of covers, including songs by Queens of the Stone Age, Neil Young, Goldfrapp and Tom Waits, to give to fans that contribute to the band's upcoming Kickstarter campaign.