Diana Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON, June 13
Published Jun 14, 2013It's pretty amazing to see how far locals Diana have come in just a few short months. Their eagerly anticipated performance was thrown into jeopardy by a missing midi cable, but the quartet took things in stride even as the technical malfunction ate into their allotted set time. Singer Carmen Elle joked with the crowd until the glitch was fixed, then powered through a collection of songs from their forthcoming debut. Those tunes, previously shimmering pieces of synth and sax-driven pop have been hammered into funky jams that better emphasize the rhythm section. But it was Elle's comfort as frontwoman that really elevated the set; always magnetic, she now stalks the stage with a casual calm that comes from doing this sort of thing for years. She dedicated one track to parents, before apologizing to her dad, who was in the audience, for getting a parking ticket earlier in the day. They ended the set with "Born Again," the A-side to their sole release, to much applause having set themselves up for certain success when their record finally drops in August.