Diode, derived from Greek roots meaning 'two' and 'path,' is the experimental synth/noise project of Shawn Foree of Digital Leather and fellow Omahan, David Hansen, usually of Worried Mothers. Like the electrical component, Diode the duo blocks current in all but one intended direction, steeping themselves in an ooze of unchecked electricity, charged and jagged even when it seems to congeal around Foree's synths or Hansen's mammoth guitar movements. The result is only very occasionally miasmic - see the eight minute lunacy of 'Here Come the Gay Martians' for an example - with noisy technics well cut by minimalist new wave predominating, as on the standouts 'Obama Zombies' and 'Peck on the Lips.' An exciting and unusual listen, even compared to both musicians' typically lo-fi, free form approach to rock and garage songwriting.
Tabs Out Podcast Top 200 Tapes of 2014 Pick (#10),
"Fucking hell these jams are so legit raw . . . shreds through some blistered industrial/punk/noise with disgusting synths and septic guitar run off with callous vocals buried underneath. This is the kind of music the kids are listening to in movies about the future. Kids with loud hats and complicated sunglasses, doing a drug called Venom-X, convulsing in a ditch somewhere. I think this is the Diode debut, in which case the future is looking bright/grim, depending on how you choose the view it. The husky oscillations and feedback will make the parents feel uneasy." -Ad Hoc
"...what we'll refer to as an 'industrial shit-noise band'." -Impose Magazine
"...doesn't lay off the intensity one bit." -Tiny Mix Tapes