Diploma is 5 guys from Falun, Sweden whose ages range from 18 to 20. They have been playing together for a couple of years in the Falun area with guitarist Frank Thunström (ex Mozkovitch) being complimented by Olle Karvonen (drums/backing vocals), Emil Wigelius (bass), David Funck (guitar) and Tom Åsberg (vocals). The members whilst in other bands started jamming together and soon found their main passion lay in the music of Diploma.
Diploma’s debut album “Ai” released on BLP Music on 24th April 2008 showcases a raw riff fuelled sound that’s shows a keen sense of melody and power, yet retains a concise edge to the song writing. “Ai” (meaning love in Chinese) sees a lyrical slant criticising society with a clear message built around a fictional conspiracy story on the destiny of one Marcielle Evans.
The debut album, the first of 3 about the story of Marcielle Evans contains 11 tracks and was recorded and produced by Björn Lodin (Baltimoore, Balls) who has captured the bands live power in a very natural yet powerful sounding album.