The world is out of control. Up is down, left is right, dogs and cats living together, etc. About the only thing one can depend on these days is dependable bands putting out dependable music to help ease the dependable pain. Enter the Milwaukee-Chicago trio Diet Lite, whose new album, Seems To Be The Way It Tends To Go, is a 10-track slab of dependable indie rock if there ever was one. It’s really good!
Also, a real-life doctor has certified the album as “100-percent COVID-free.” Says L.A.-based emergency medicine physician Dr. Daniel Furoy: “You will not contract COVID-19 from listening to this album.” Okay!
As the video suggests (shout-out to “local roommate Brian”), there’s a welcome dash of humor sprinkled throughout Diet Lite’s music. And that’s not all: Seems To Be The Way It Tends To Go includes touches of harmonica-driven blues (“Flatlander Blues”), crunchy ’90s alt-rock (“The Down Low”), and mile-a-minute punk (“Man Ray”). The perfectly poppy “Queen” deserves a spot on any and all summer playlists, and an aggro cover of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House” (re-titled here as “BDTH”) is simply a hoot. Is the final track, “(To You) Goodbye Blues,” an acoustic closing-time country ballad? Depend on it.