Photos – Marina and the Diamonds at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, May 3 2013
– photos by Kirk Chantraine
Marina and the Diamonds aka Marina Diamondis on tour for her 2012 album Electra Heart.
Diamandis created Marina and The Diamonds (it’s just her, the Diamonds are the audience) in 2005.
From the press release: “She was a MySpace generation D.I.Y powerhouse who hand-made and sold her own CDs to Rough Trade until being signed to Warner Music Group’s ‘679 Recordings’ in 2008. Acclaimed overnight as an intriguing, confrontational and theatrical amalgam of Kate Bush and PJ Harvey, she was nominated in 2010 for both the Brits Critic’s Choice Award and the BBC Sound of 2010. She looks back on her early years, now, with some ambivalence. ‘I experimented with my voice a lot, I was young, amateurish and ambitious,’ she decides. ‘I feel different now. My voice is far more controlled and my writing style has matured. For me, it’s a real, coherent step-up. I would love to one day be a great artist.’
“In 2012, Marina reached her potential as an outstanding British song-writing talent and dazzling pop performer, an uncompromising spirit and pop-art intellectual who singlehandedly fashions the ideas for her art-work, videos, website content and striking live performances. She embarked on both a UK headline tour and as support to the mighty Coldplay, jet-packed onto the mainstream stage on their colossal European Stadium Tour, at the band’s personal request.”
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