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- Posted on Jun 26th 2012 4:20PM by Theo Bark
Catching up with Cole a month later in Los Angeles while Dive were ankle-deep into their tour with Frankie Rose, revealed a band in flux, still a few steps ahead of its following, as the young guitarist excitedly relayed tales of transmission failures, music-video mishaps and the various joys of a new band on the road. It was clear that in a short period of time, the project, which began with Cole's home recordings, had grown legs.
Though Cole has since changed the band's name to DIIV to match the title of their similarly misspelled forthcoming debut Oshin (and to avoid confusion with a preexisting band), he did so with similar candor, announcing "I don't really give a fuck what the band is called. I originated this project in a bedroom with no internet and didn't know if it would ever leave the bedroom."
With a national tour completed, and a debut LP in stores now, Cole's bedroom project has solidified itself as a band to watch -- and one of the year's best discoveries.
How's the tour going so far?
The tour is good, our van broke down halfway through, and we got stuck in Austin and then had to catch up. It's crazy, you fall behind two days and we had to do two 12 or 13-hour days straight to get from Austin to San Diego yesterday. It was wild.
We're on the full U.S. with Frankie [Rose]. The transmission was starting to fuck up, then we get to Austin, it died as soon as we got to town, and I was like "All right, this is kinda the best time for this to happen." We got a new transmission, which is like $1500, and then it was funny because our friend Timmy hooked us up with the super last-minute show at this big ballroom with ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead who are pretty big, and we got on the bill that day. I just called him on a whim. I e-mailed our booking agent too, I was like "Yo, do you think we can get on this bill?" and he was like "No, they booked this a long time ago," and they put us main support at the last second, like two hours before the thing. I was like "Whoa."
You just shot your video for "How Long Have You Known." What as that like?
I was shooting off this roman candle inside this small room, inside a blender that was on, full of the inside of a lava lamp. Kinda insane, broke the lava lamp. You'll see the video, I guess, sometime. The roman candle was way too strong and it shattered the fucking glass in the blender while it was on. The blade went flying and the blender exploded, and all the wax went everywhere. I was trying to run out of the room because the roman candle was still going off. Everybody was screaming, and I was running out and slipped because of the wax, and this candle was shooting. It sounded like gun shots in this small room. I ran outside and everybody was covered in this pink wax and all the rented camera gear was covered in wax and shit. But I feel like the video is gonna be kinda cooler for it, 'cause it was like, I liked it before, but now it seems more weird and unexpected. The guy was like "This seems like a big budget video now!" and I was like "Yeah, it probably looks like we spent more than $150, now we have to buy a new blender."