Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Dimentia 13 - Mirror Mind

It is perhaps an understatement to say that Brad Warner is a man of many and varied talents. Student and teacher of Zen Buddhism, author of two books including 'Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality', documentary maker, employee at Tokyo-based low-budget monster movie merchants Tsuburaya Productions, blogger for the goth/punk/weird softcore porn site 'Suicide Girls', and, of course, musician, songwriter and performer. Perhaps he is yet to reveal that he is also a qualified embalmer, an astronaut, a cross-dressing lap-dancer at a high class gentleman's club in Islington and centre forward for Real Madrid. Hmmm, we shall see...

The name 'Dimentia 13' was taken from the 1963 Francis Ford Coppola/Roger Corman low budget horror film 'Dementia 13' (notice the vowel change....very important when googling the band...or the film!), and between 1985 and 1991, Brad released five great albums of melodic garage punk and psych-pop, all on Midnight Records.

Dimentia 13's music started out as extremely lo-fi garage punk on the eponymous debut album and finished up as relatively polished psychedelic pop on the final album 'Flat Earth Society'. 'Mirror Mind', released in 1987, belongs to the earlier efforts, dripping with blatant lysergic references, barely a care for the sound production, but containing a set of great and very endearing songs that I dare anyone not to like. It's my favourite Dimentia 13 album. Brad's voice has something in common with the Wayne Coyne school of 'brave' vocals ie if he had to sing to save his life, he'd almost certainly die, but not before he'd belted out his bum notes with confidence and verve.

Highlights? 'Mushroom Season' is a beautiful, fragile and very haunting evocation of an early morning/late evening walk into the valley on the hunt for magic mushrooms, eventually drifting off into dreamy lysergic observations. 'Bug Soup' is all groovy rhythms and acid guitar, kinda reminds me of 'Electric Music' era Country Joe and the Fish. The wall of noise garage punk of 'Mirror Mind'. 'Naked Truth', slow and beatiful, full of backwards guitar and tabla, has a melancholic acid casualty vibe. It's a fine album, and a classic of 80s psych.

Track Listing:

Side 1

1. Mesmerized
2. Can You Hear The Walls Melting?
3. 20 Years Before My Time
4. Mushroom Season
5. Bug Soup (I Will Miss You)

Side 2

1. Psychedelic Mushroom Cloud Explosion
2. Twice The Speed Of Time
3. She's Alright
4. Roolz Is A Rule
5. Mirror Mind
6. Naked Truth

Lo-fi lysergic vibrations here

Looking to experience to purity of the Now in all its simplicity? Or perhaps just after a good read? Then go and buy Brad's books on Zen here.


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Anonymous said...

thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

any chance in reuploading this if it's still within your reach Please?! Thank you anyway, & nice musical subjects listed in here by the way, i hope you can share it all once again sometimes..^^

Herod said...

Anon - Sure, I'll reup it later today...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the positive answer, now standing by waiting for your call sir.

Herod said...

Sorted - enjoy.