First Watch: Diane Coffee, 'Everyday'
Shaun Fleming is perhaps best known as the drummer of Foxygen, a band with a reputation for wild on-stage antics and off-stage turbulence. (Or maybe you remember his work as a child voice actor for the Disney channel?) But on the side, Fleming steps to the front of the stage as Diane Coffee — a gender-archetype-bending moniker named for the Nathan Pelkey song "Mr. Coffee" (and Diana Ross). With his ambitious 2013 debut, My Friend Fish, Fleming didn't stray far from Foxygen's record-collection-pillaging formula: "All The Young Girls" and "Green" could have been pulled straight out of the classic garage rock and swaying psychedelic folk of the late 1960s and '70s, yet they sound emboldened by the spooky experimental bits layered throughout.
Roughly two years and a Run The Jewels cameo later (in "Crown"), Fleming is set to return with Diane Coffee's follow-up, Everybody's A Good Dog. Recorded in a proper studio, the album bursts with a brighter, more fully realized Technicolor sound, as heard in its first single, "Everyday." A smooth and soulful rock anthem, it embraces the glitter of The Supremes' vocal harmonies, the glam of David Bowie's Aladdin Sane and the hooks of T. Rex — mixing in some Rocky Horror Picture Show sing-along choruses for good measure.
That smile-inducing spirit extends to the song's wonderfully cartoony music video. In the story, an increasingly ecstatic Fleming visits a bowling alley, a bleak cemetery and even a generic suburban neighborhood to assemble a band for the local DIY talent show. What follows is a delightful training montage, as these oddball characters rehearse for the big night — and eventually adopt the colorful Diane Coffee persona. It's a fun and silly video that matches the lively music it accompanies.
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