just a good-time band
March 1995

The members of Diner don't want to change the face of music.

"We're just a good-time band," said drummer Rob Braden. "We're not out to rock the world or revolutionize music."

Formed from the remains of Johnny Bravo, an original rock band which played the local circuit before disbanding in '93, Diner came together about six months ago with two Bravo alumni and two new players.

"We sound a lot like Johnny Bravo ... but Diner isn't a Johnny Bravo spinoff," Braden said. "The songs we have adopted from Johnny Bravo are quite a bit different than they were."

Diner picked up only about three Bravo tunes, he said. The rest of its playlist is fresh.

"It's definitely modern rock, guitar-oriented music," Braden said. "No synthesizers, no bubble gum. A lot of people call us alternative ... but we're not alternative, we're just a rock 'n' roll band."

He doesn't like to compare their style to other bands, but when pressed, Braden said they sound "somewhat like R.E.M., but with a little bit of a harder edge and maybe a little more of an attitude. ... Some people have said we sound like Smashing Pumpkins."

Since their music is still pretty unfamiliar to local audiences, Braden said Diner isn't considered a dance band -- yet.

"There is dance potential in our songs, but it's not stuff that makes people instantly get up and dance," he said. "We'll work on that."

Michael Robinson, Braden's partner from their Bravo days, is the group's writer.

"We don't make any real deep political commentary," Braden said. "That's why we choose the name Diner. It's simple and it doesn't make any profound statements."

A lot of the songs, he said, are "about Mike's life and Mike's girlfriends."

The band members, all in their late 20s, have lofty goals for their future.

"We're going to be bigger than the Beatles," Braden predicted.

"Seriously, we want to take it as far as we can go. All of us have aspirations to play music for a living. ... We still have that 17-year-old rock star dream going."

interview by
Tom Knapp

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