Season of indecent dreams: Diamond Mind’s Liam Trimble

“It all started one day when I wrote the song ‘Diamond Mind.’ I wrote it in big bubble letters in a notebook like a 13-year-old. I was really enamored with that as an idea– it befit my process, which is incredibly slow, like condensing coal into a diamond. If anybody ever called a song a gem, you know that takes time.”

Liam Trimble tells his band’s origin story with a practiced confidence, though he fiddles with the french press of tea in front of him. His eyebrows know two positions: furrowed in thought and raised in curiosity. Occasionally his whole upper body bounces in easy laughter.

Astute observers of Edmonton music will know that three years after his acclaimed solo effort, Ultra Rare EP, Trimble has re-emerged with a full band behind him. That would be the sparkling collective known as Diamond Mind.

“I’ve always been really enamored of the family band model. Bands that are really close. Like the Ramones or Metallica or the Band. Something about the band/family… being united in that way is really romantic to me. Although I’m sure behind the scenes it always crumbles. There’s something really wrong with the Ramones and Metallica and the Band. But if we make great art it doesn’t matter. But we may never.”

One could easily argue that Diamond Mind has already set down some great art. Their recent EP, Fake Tape, tumbles listeners through eighteen minutes of Delphic bubblegum pop. Trimble’s lyrics send you down rich, mythic, spiraling slides of solitary narrative. The songs are jangly and shiny and undeniably doomful. Fake Tape certainly falls under my definition of good art, but Trimble doesn’t necessarily agree. Read More

Mitchmatic @ Union Hall

Mitchmatic // Union Hall // 04/04/14

Presenting: ISBE Edmonton

At ISBE Edmonton, attendance is a performance. In the back, guests sit on vintage couches on raisers under angled lights. We look over milling crowds to the front room, painted white and possessing the airiness of the Ono-Lennon home. Psychedelic prints and beaded torsos clutter the walls. This is Edmonton’s latest arts space. It is warm and bright and filled with sound. Otto Stalk, Ghost Cousin, and Doug Hoyer opened ISBE last month with swaying crowds and spinning lights. It was the first of the transcendent shows that are slated for the place. I have been told to expect an abundance of gallery shows, film screenings, and concerts in the coming months. More marvelous local art: ISBE Edmonton’s Christmas gift to you.

^ Ghost Cousin, “An Old Song”
ISBE EDMONTON // 11/23/13

creaks / more wine / strange fires

Creaks / More Wine / Strange Fires // Wunderbar // 10/29/13

choice noise: Will Scott, Pigeon Breeders & Jung People

Will Scott / Pigeon Breeders / Jung People

Jung People’s shows are so stirring that I’ve taken to petitioning the Calgary band to move north to our poorly paved streets. Sadly for us, they remain only honorary Edmontonians. They’re set to release their new album, Gold Bristle!at the end of November. Mark your calendars.

Wunderbar // 10/27/13

A Born Gold Homecoming

Born Gold // Rude Haus // 10/25/13

Born Gold just released his third album, I Am An Exit. Listen to it: not only because Cecil is a marvelous human being, but because it will bring your ears and soul tremendous joy.

I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance like Cecil Frena. 

/\/\ Diamond Mind at Wundi /\/\

Diamond Mind // Wunderbar // 10/20/13

Poorly-kept secret: I am an enormous fan of the music of Mr. Liam Trimble. Diamond Mind is no exception. As I type the band is finishing up their first EP. Keep your ears to the ground and your eyes on this space for the details in the weeks to come.

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