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.
Giants of Diving is the studio recording project of Washington, DC-area songwriter Craig Patrick. The first Giants of Diving EP, released in April of 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" came out in early December 2016. "Headlines," the first single from an upcoming second EP, followed in May 2017. 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.