Diane performing in May 2011
|Birth name||Alela Diane Menig|
April 20, 1983 |
Nevada City, California, U.S.
|Genres||Indie folk, Americana, psych folk|
|Associated acts||Blitzen Trapper, Headless Heroes|
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Early life and education
Diane was born in Nevada City, California on April 20, 1983. She grew up singing with her musician parents and performing in the school choir. She taught herself guitar, and began writing songs that blend tense, trance-like arpeggios with warm vocals and meditative lyrics about family and nature. Her first recordings were self-released in 2003 as Forest Parade. Her first solo public appearances were at the invitation of fellow Nevada City native Joanna Newsom. She also did a stint in the Nevada City band Black Bear before continuing with her solo pursuits.
The songs for her album The Pirate’s Gospel were written on a trip to Europe. They were recorded in her father’s studio and were initially self-released in 2004, in paper and lace sleeves with hand lettering. The album was issued in revised form by Holocene Music in October 2006, and received widespread critical acclaim.
A new song, "Dry Grass and Shadows", was issued on a compilation of Nevada City artists, and five more new songs were issued on a limited-edition 10" vinyl pressing, Songs Whistled Through White Teeth, released in the UK in October 2006. The Pirate's Gospel was released in the UK on Names Records in April 2007, garnering favorable reviews in The Times and NME.
She toured the U.S. both solo and with Tom Brosseau, and opened for Iron & Wine, Akron/Family, The Decemberists, and Vashti Bunyan. She also toured extensively in Europe (UK, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany) in March, April and May 2008.
She sang on an album of cover songs, The Silence of Love by Headless Heroes, released in November 2008, recorded by Eddie Bezalel and Hugo Nicholson with musicians Josh Klinghoffer, Joey Waronker, Gus Seyffert, Leo Abrahams and Woody Jackson.
Her third album, Alela Diane & Wild Divine was released in early April 2011, and was recorded with a backing band, Wild Divine, which included her father, Tom Menig, and her now ex-husband, Tom Bevitori. She and Wild Divine toured the U.S. and Europe to promote the album, and in July 2011, they opened for the Fleet Foxes on a string of dates. In the fall of the same year she also accompanied Fleet Foxes as opening act in Europe.
Diane remarried in 2013 and gave birth to her first child in early November 2013.
- Forest Parade, self-released, 2003
- The Pirate's Gospel, self-released, 2004; Holocene Music, 2006 (revised track listing); Names Records, 2007 (UK rerelease)
- To Be Still, Rough Trade, 2009
- Alela Diane & Wild Divine, Rough Trade, 2011, UK chart peak: #158
- About Farewell, Rusted Blue, 2013
Singles and EPs
- Alela Diane CD EP, self-released, 2005
- Songs Whistled Through White Teeth 10" vinyl EP, Names Records (UK), 2006
- "The Rifle" CD single, Names Records, 2008
- Alela & Alina 10" vinyl EP (featuring Alina Hardin), Family/Names Records, 2009
- "To Be Still" CD single, Names Records, 2008
- "Elijah" CD single, Rough Trade, 2011
- Home Recordings & B-Sides from the Wild Divine Sessions CD EP, Rough Trade, 2011
With Headless Heroes
- The Silence of Love, Names Records, 2008
- "The North Wind Blew South" 7"/CD single, Names Records, 2008
- Headless Heroes 12" EP, Names Records, 2009 (remixes)
Selected compilation contributions
- "Church of Jesus Christ", track on Dream Magazine #6
- "Dry Grass and Shadows (Live in Studio)", track on Grass Roots Record Co. Family Album compilation, Grass Roots Records, 2006
- "There's Only One", track on Be Yourself: A Tribute to Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners, Grass Roots Records, 2010
- "Like a Summer Thursday", track on More Townes Van Zandt by the Great Unknown, Forthesakeofthesong, 2010
- "Take Us Back", end credits in The Walking Dead Episode 5 video game, 2012
- "How Can We Hang on to a Dream", track on Reason To Believe - The Songs of Tim Hardin, Full Time Hobby, 2013
- Holocene Music | Alela Diane
- Music: All in the Family (Seattle Weekly)
- allmusic ((( The Pirate's Gospel > Overview )))
- Amazon.com: The Pirate's Gospel: Music: Alela Diane
- Drowned in Sound - Reviews - Album - Alela Diane
- SPIN.com: Alela Diane The Pirate's Gospel (Holocene Music)
- MySpace.com - Grass Roots Record Co. - NEVADA CITY, California - Rock / Folk / Jam Band - www.myspace.com/grrfamilyalbum
- MySpace.com - names records - london, UK - Psychédélique / Acoustique / Pop - www.myspace.com/namesrecords
- Alela Diane review | CD reviews | Music - Times Online
- Alela Diane - Alela Diane - Album Reviews - NME.COM
- Headless Heroes at Rough Trade Records
- To Be Still at Rough Trade Records
- The Guardian: review of To Be Still
- pampelmoose Dave Allen of Gang of Four’s Music and Media Blog » Pampelmoose Music Media MP3 Technology
- Official website
- Holocene Music
- Headless Heroes
- Interview with Alela Diane
- To Be Still album review from the Guardian Feb 2009
- Alela Diane - To Be Still album review on Citizen Dick
- Green Man Festival 2007
- Toad Session #30 with Alela Diane (UK) May 2008
- May 2009 Interview with L.A. Record
- Alela Diane & Wild Divine Interview with Folk Radio UK April 2011