Smashing! I just went to the mailbox and found my advance copy of the new album by Dennis Diken with Bell Sound. Diken is — among other cool things — drummer for the Smithereens, but this is his first up-front outing without that group. Featuring heavy friends familiar to powerpop fans (Jason Falkner; Probyn Gregory and Nick Walusko of Wondermints; Andy Paley and others) this looks and sounds to be a great album. So far I’m only to track #3, but already I’ve heard grin-inducing nods to Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)-era Beach Boys (“Standing in That Line”) and Sell Out-era Who (“Long Lonely Ride”). Full review soon.
Street date for Late Music, the debut album by Dennis Diken with Bell Sound is September 29.