Written by Nik Crossman //
“Everyone in the band is a water sign, that’s why the name ‘Dive’ really spoke to us,” Zachary Cole Smith, the 30-year-old mastermind behind Brooklyn indie-rock band DIIV, said in a 2012 interview following the release of the group’s debut album Oshin.
DIIV began as Smith’s solo project in 2011, releasing three singles before forming a live band alongside guitarist and childhood friend Andrew Bailey, bassist Devin Ruben Perez, drummer Ben Newman and keyboardist Colin Caulfield. In an acid-induced 5 a.m. text followed by a phone call to Smith, Perez explained why the Nirvana song “Dive” was really about them and why their astrological water signs mattered.
After releasing Oshin in 2012, the band toured in support of its debut album and Smith continued writing, creating more than 150 songs in just two years. DIIV’s live performances contain hits from Oshin along with several of these 150 unreleased songs. In September, DIIV released “Dopamine”, the first single from Is the Is Are, their second album which is set to come out in November.
This Thursday, the current five-piece invites you to an intimate evening with them at The Fillmore after No Joy and Sunflower Beam kick things off. at. Tickets are still available for $20, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.
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