Everybody’s A Good Dog is the first true realization of Shaun Fleming’s Little Shop of Horrors -meets-Aladdin Sane vision, recorded in a proper studio with an assortment of guest artists, horn section, and string ensemble (all firsts for Fleming). The resulting 11 tracks are a sky-scraping sound kaleidoscope, touched with euphoric instrumentation and dark lyricism.
Just as Diane Coffee’s debut LP, 2013’s ‘My Friend Fish,’ was inspired by Fleming’s move from sunny California to New York City, Everybody’s A Good Dog took shape after this former Disney child actor and current drummer for Foxygen uprooted again from NYC to the much smaller town of Bloomington, IN – “spontaneous moves have always helped to inspire my writing” he explains. This downsizing provided Fleming with a blank slate to create – “I missed the quiet. I missed having a fire. I missed the color green.”
The songs on Everybody’s A Good Dog capture this sense of clarity, channeling the New York Dolls or T-Rex at their strutting-est and Meatloaf at his most theatrical, with shades of Motown-worthy soul. The gentle psychedellia on opener “Spring Breathes” gives way to a pounding prog breakdown, “Mayflower” leads with a monster funk-fueled horn riff, while on “Tams Up” Fleming fronts his own one-man doo-wop group.
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[NPR] By Robin Hilton • Diane Coffee gives the kind of live performances you talk about for weeks after seeing. It’s not that the band tears up the stage. There’s no elaborate light show or other orchestrated theatrics. The main attraction — and the reason you’ll want to watch and hear more — is Diane […]
[Paste Magazine] By Stephanie Fang Most people prefer to spend excessive amounts of time in bed with bowls of chicken noodle soup and never-ending streams of Netflix episodes to watch when they feel under the weather. However, when Shaun Fleming gets sick, he makes music. The California-bred musician has spent the last couple of years […]
[Pitchfork] Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming has started a new project called Diane Coffee. (Those guys sure have a knack for naming things). His debut album My Friend Fish will be out on Western Vinyl this fall. Listen to the album’s first single, “Hymn”, above. He’s also heading out on tour this fall; dates below. Oh, […]