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    Diminished Men – “Six O’clock Baby” – [Bowels of Lunacy]

    You know that amusement park they shut down when you
    were a kid? It had like three different haunted houses
    and supposedly a surf guitarist got lost in the hall of
    mirrors and was never found. Well it turns out that
    is where the members of the Diminshed Men go at night,
    as soon as their day jobs end, it’s “Six O’Clock Baby”
    and they strip off the shackles of various day jobs and
    family obligations and spend hours in the shadows and
    broken arcades creating instrumental oddities. Behold
    “Excellent Cadavers” with clocks sewn up inside them.
    “Accidental Return” is awash in ghostly twang. The title
    track leads off this CD with warped vinyl rollercoaster
    moments and lugubrious drums. Secret Jimmy Page insignia
    on #2 and the latter part of #5? Simon Henneman, Dave
    Abramson and Steve Schmitt are the main men, tag teaming
    their way across a variety of instruments, but rooted
    respectively in bass, drums and guitar. But check out
    every track and you’ll see that these guys just have a
    bigger blender by far than most. Dub-drone-fusion-a-billy
    often with neck-ringing tension. If Rod Serling hosted
    a slow dance party black and white TV show…

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm
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