Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   2/29/2012   A Library, CD

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

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