The Diamond Center are headlining the Richmond Earth Day Festival!
From Richmond.com: “The annual Earth Day Festival is here and, wow, what an eclectic lineup, a true who’s who of Richmond’s musical elite. Have a particular genre of rock music you prefer? Well it’s sure to be covered today on Hull Street…and last, but not least, arguably the best band in Richmond, The Diamond Center, headline this wonderful Earth Day lineup.”
Both tracks included here last way past the five minute mark, coming together for a near 13 minute single that would certainly have destructive results in a live setting. Opening track “California” features a sea of fuzzy and swirling guitars, scattered carefully between the gorgeous and blissful vocals that sound masked by a glowing veil of smoke. As the track unfolds these guitars create a sort of unsettling strobe light texture which helps greatly intensify the dynamics as they go from big to small to big again. They do it all in a seamless manner, never missing a beat as these comprehensive songs are worth every last second…The same goes for the B-side track “Bells” which is even longer. The track features oddly twangy guitars and lysergic synthesizers, creating yet another subtly destructive treasure. Once you get started you will find yourself completely immersed for the 13 minute duration – you have been warned!
In the aftermath of the 15th annual Mid Atlantic College Radio Conference, James Madison University’s The Breeze gives some highlights of the weekend (including The Diamond Center) and discusses the benefit of having student volunteers coming together as a community to make such a special event successful.
Sirens of Decay on The Diamond Center’s latest track “California” off the new California/Bells 7″:
“‘California’ starts out sounding every bit of the Old West; a little dark and gloomy, a little sinister – midnight campfires, shadows cast everywhere by the full moon…When it comes to psych rock I’m not used to hearing vocals that are pleasing…normally they are just ‘fitting’. The Diamond Center, on the other hand, provides the game, set and match. This single is every bit of a lonely night in a crowded place – the atmosphere created by the band is second to none.”
“The Diamond Center took the stage to close out the evening on the highest note possible. They delivered a 35 minute set in which they hosted their own Thursday Mass, transforming the restaurant patio into their personal sanctuary.”
Richmond’s vintage boutique Need Supply Co highlights The Diamond Center’s new tracks, Transcendental Truth tour, SXSW dates, and 7″ release show.
“The Diamond Center, one of Richmond’s famed favorite and most unpredictable psych bands, have embarked on their Transcendental Truth Tour 2012…This record is something else. It was recorded reel-to-reel in the Magic Twig Community’s Mystic Fortress recording studio (The Young Sinclairs, Sad Cobras, Eternal Summers, etc.). 300 were pressed and you’ll want to grab one fast. Nearly every inch of this vinyl is used; 13 minutes of reverb soaked guitars swooning vocals and haunting melodies, it’s sure to send you into another world.”