“Sure, The Diggs are apparently obsessed with early Radiohead, Nirvana and The Stone Roses, but as much as they pay homage to their favorites, they manage to avoid sounding exactly like any one of them. Layered in guitar effects and noise, their music sounds like it is made by more than just their three performers… with a more focused structure and appropriately raw production, this album stands apart as a step in the right direction for this talented band—and proves that Lannen has a whole lot more feeling left to expel in song.” – CMJ
According to Timothy Lannen of The Diggs, “We named the album Ctrl-Alt-Del because Control-Alt-Delete (often abbreviated to Ctrl-Alt-Del) is a computer keyboard command on PC compatible systems that can be used to reboot the computer. It’s a way to start over when everything gets messed up or stuck. However, there are no such keys for our days, months, or years. Everyone in New York City is going some place better than you are – to their better job or better apartment. You would never trade your life but you think to yourself that you fucked up and it chokes you.
Where there is a college degree, you have talent instead. Where there is money, you have friends who would kill in the dark for you. Still, there are always more essentials to be had: love and a nod in your direction. A calm in the morning and the chance for long breaths with emphasis on exhales. Fewer and fewer walls. No more taps on your shoulder followed by a shaking index finger in your face. And scissors for cutting what needs cutting. Courage was always there and you’ll take more as it comes. But there is never a surplus.”
Ctrl-Alt-Del expands on the aesthetic laid forth by Commute while refining their big sound with leaner and more concise arrangements. The tone of the record is frantic and at times haunting. There is, however a glimmer of hope embedded throughout, where disillusion is broached with nostalgia, and angst is juxtaposed with optimism. The result is twelve cinematic songs about redemption. Ctrl-Alt-Del is out now on Sugarspun Records.