Formed in mid-late 2018, Diamir was the culmination of more than a decade's worth of sporadic behind-the-scenes writing/composing from guitarist and keyboardist John Wilson. After taking several piano lessons with John at Lisburn Music Centre, Peter Devenney revealed his ability as a singer during one of their lessons which in turn led to Peter singing over the demos that John had been creating at home. By the time they had tracked several songs together, it was Peter that suggested they put a band together to let the material see the light of day.
At this point John recruited his brother David on drums and they began searching for a bassist. After struggling for a while to find the right person for the job they decided to start rehearsing as a 3 piece. Their very first practice together as a unit was at the newly opened Inca Road Studios in Lisburn, run by Ashley Irwin. Upon returning to the studio after their practice, Ashley mentioned his interest in the music he overheard them practising. This led to the four of them having a jam together the following week. Ashley fitted perfectly into the band and they began rehearsing the material that John had freshly arranged for a live four piece band to play, with Peter also filling in on live keyboard duties.
The band have supported and played alongside many well known and established local acts including Words That Burn, Dream Awake, Cursed Sun and Divides Unfold, as well as securing headline gigs at venues in Belfast and Lisburn after playing to a very receptive audience at the Belfast Empire Music Hall at the tail end of 2019. In the summer of the same year, Diamir won the Hop House Battle Of The Bands competition in Belfast, having displayed their prowess as musicians and delivering a spine-crushing live performance in front of a panel of judges, including a broadcaster from the BBC.
Diamir released their debut single "Behind The Facade" in April 2020 to a great reception, gaining coverage and praise from a number of online music publications, including Rock'N'Load Magazine and was considered by the Irish music website Chordblossom as 'one of the finest progressive rock and metal songs to come out of Northern Ireland; ever'. The song also secured airplay on a number of radio shows around the globe, however most notably, within the first month of its release the song was featured on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing Mixtape on BBC6, airing to a UK national audience.
Diamir already have a wealth of material composed and arranged by John and are hoping to get as much of this out into the world during 2020.
Peter Devenney - Vocals / Keyboards
John Wilson - Guitar / Keyboards
David Wilson - Percussion
Ashley Irwin - Bass