"Rare Diagram may have just given me hope for baroque pop." - Willamette Week.
The Mondegreens had quite the 2015. They released their debut LP, Kid Tell Time, played the iconic SXSW Festival, and left their northern California hometown of Chico for the city lights of the Pacific Northwest’s Seattle, WA. The band has hit the ground running since the move with an appearance at Portland’s renowned Doug Fir Lounge, a headlining slot at Seattle’s Jewelbox Theater playing for a near-capacity crowd, and a triumphant holiday return to their birthplace, with a hometown crowd of 250-strong, singing their every word.
Since their 2012 inception, audiences across the west have hailed The Mondegreens’ “passionate stage presence … and sweet as honey harmonies” as they’ve shared the stage with acts such as the Brothers Comatose, John Craigie, and Wynonna Judd. Their songwriting load is split between three distinct lead singers, resulting in an eclectic “type of harmony-driven, folk-tinged indie rock — the kind that can run from dusty, shambling Americana to bright and modern in a single set.”
Rare Diagram is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and rock polyglot Justin Chase. Born in a tiny town and raised by two classical musicians, his awareness of the canon of pop and rock music was limited. Chase funneled his rural boredom into jazz and classical piano practice until, at fifteen, he discovered the modern-day classics (OK Computer, Loveless, The White Album). Inspired by how his knowledge of music theory could be used in the realm of rock, Chase started writing. The result is a sincere mixture of classic songwriting, harmonic sophistication sourced from jazz and prog, and arrangements that include symphonic flourishes.
The Los Angeles trio's live performance ranges from soft synth sounds and delicate three-part harmonies, to thrashing guitars and heavily beat drums, trading instruments and jagged tooth emotions throughout.