In the spring of 2014, five friends got together in a grimy practice space in Boston to see what would happen. They all had long, diverse rock and roll pedigrees and their record collections were no different. They had no idea what they would do, only what they didn't want to do— anything they had already done before.
The sound that developed was not rockabilly. It was not punk rock. It wasn't garage, soul, gothic southern swamp darkness, or straight mid-century American rock and roll…it was all those things. It was the echo of the record collections, the artists, and the aesthetics that they loved.
Diablogato made their live debut at the New England Shakeup in September of 2014, and began playing shows in the region on bills that were spread out through rockabilly, punk, and new Americana. Belonging to no obvious niche, the band started to create their own.
The following summer found them at Watch City Studios in Waltham, Mass. The tracks were laid down and made the old fashioned way...on vintage analog gear, straight to the tape with moments of brilliance, inspiration, rough edges, and wonderful mistakes all given the same respect. Released in early 2016, the self-titled debut album is a snapshot of where the band was at that time, a storybook of chapters showcasing the music that they love. The language these five friends had learned to speak as one onstage became clear on that album.
Since then, the band has played regularly from Portland, Maine, to NYC. Appearing in clubs and festivals, they have risen as a force in their hometown of Boston where they can be seen headlining shows or sharing the stage with international touring bands like The Living End, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, and The Legendary Shack Shakers.
Heading into 2017, Diablogato is hard at work writing songs for a new record, continuing to hit the stage, feeling sanctified pouring it out, and wandering wherever their rock and roll love affair takes them. As Diablogato rumbles down that road fueled by gasoline, larceny, and lust, you are more than welcome to come along for the ride.