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PREMIERE: Diane Coffee Confronts Denial on ‘Like a Child Does’

The Bloomington songwriter shares the second single from his digitized third album.

By Dean Brandtphoto by Alexa Viscius

You may know Shaun Fleming from any number of his artistic outlets over the years—drumming with Foxygen, singing hooks for Run the Jewelstempting Christvoicing Disney cartoons. But he’ll be in full Diane Coffee mode this April when he releases his third album and first release on Polyvinyl, Internet Arms, under the moniker, a decidedly glam take on Foxygen’s SoCal psych-pop revivalism.

Following the synth-driven first single “Not Ready to Go,” Fleming is sharing another track today, a more upbeat (though thematically similar—and just as catchy) number called “Like a Child Does.” 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.

“‘Like A Child Does’ is about acting out and the chaos it creates,” Fleming details. “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.”

Judging by his full immersion into digital music, it sounds like Diane Coffee had a growing moment.

Internet Arms, is out April 19 on Polyvinyl, with tour dates immediately to follow (listed below). Digital and physical preorders are both available.

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