August of 1972 was a remarkable month in popular music history. Neil Diamond recorded his career-defining double live album Hot August Night before a sold-out crowd at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Alone Again (Naturally) rocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 where it would remain for six weeks, and in a small working-class town in Central New York State, a Giant of Diving was born.
Influenced by the melodic poetry of R.E.M. and Crowded House, the social awareness of Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle, and the big-guitar punch of The Cars and Cheap Trick, Giants of Diving is guitar-driven, synth-tinged, multi-hyphenated power-pop.
The first Giants of Diving EP, released in April 2016, drew considerable blogospheric praise for “classic songwriting skill that brings to mind the likes of Brendan Benson or Dawes.” (Spectral Nights)
Music for the Soul described the first single, Separation Song, as “sumptuous and emotional power pop with sonorous synths and flawless vocals.”
Covers of Don Henley’s The Boys of Summer and Whiskeytown’s Houses on the Hill hit Spotify, iTunes, and all of the other places in early December 2016.
Giants of Diving is the studio recording project of Washington, DC-area songwriter and poet Craig Patrick. In May of 2017, he released Headlines, the first single from an upcoming second EP. He is also at work on a volume of poetry and a record of cover songs by some of his favorite female artists.