Turning Heads with August Billy

On Diamond (Lisa Salvo)

October 19, 2020

Episode 20 of Turning Heads features a conversation with Lisa Salvo from the Melbourne band On Diamond. The conversation primarily revolves around On Diamond’s latest single ‘Candle’, which came out in September 2020. 

‘Candle’ is the first new music from On Diamond since their debut, self-titled album, which came out in early 2019. The track is rooted in a repeating bass groove and grows from a restrained beginning to become somewhat cacophonous. This is a common thread through On Diamond’s catalogue, which stretches back to the 2016 single ‘Long Road’. 

Lisa had previously performed as a solo artist, releasing the album I Could Have Been A Castle in 2014. She’d previously worked with the On Diamond guitarists Scott McConnachie and Hannah Cameron, either in her solo project or in her capacity as a member of Grand Salvo’s live band. On Diamond is a five-piece featuring Lisa, Scott and Hannah along with drummer Maria Moles and bass player Jules Pascoe. 

In the podcast, Lisa explains the significant role improvisation plays in building and evolving On Diamond songs and that improvisation remains a feature of their live shows. She also talked about how, although some difficult life experiences gave rise to the lyrics of ‘Candle’, the song is intended to offer a hand to anyone who's struggling through trauma. It also brings attention to the way in which truth has become something of an endangered species in contemporary political discourse.

Turning heads is recorded on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation; the traditional custodians of the land. I pay my respects to their elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

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