By Roman Gokhman
San Francisco groovy psychedelia revivalists The Love Dimension will release a new EP March 30. Acceptance is five tracks reminiscent of The Doors, The Mamas and the Papas and a bit of Jefferson Airplane. The band, led by frontman Jimmy L. Dias, will perform its new material March 30 at a record release show at Rickshaw Stop, and have several Southern California shows this week leading up to the big reveal.
The Love Dimension in concert
Wednesday – 8 p.m. – 21+
Silverlake Lounge in L.A. $10.
Liquid Earth Gathering fest (Pioneertown) $80-$120.
Friday – 8 p.m. – 21+
Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara $10.
8 p.m., Thursday, March 30
Rickshaw Stop w/ Joshua Cook and The Key of Now
To Dias, the name of the new record is about the acceptance of death, and that’s the central theme that courses through the songs.
“We all avoid that reality,” he said. “We like to think there is always tomorrow, but you never know. As I get older, it has become more and more important to me to enjoy each moment as much as possible.”
If that is too grim, understand that the theme rides just below the surface. Listeners can focus on “acceptance” rather than the death.
“You can’t change the past, but you can make a new choice in the present now,” Dias said. “So accept what is. If you like it, cool. If not, make a new choice and move in a different direction.”
The EP begins with the driving, hypnotic “I’ll Find A Way,” a la Golden Earring’s 1973 track “Radar Love,” before transitioning to the more straight-forward psychedelia, with strains of Americana, on “Hey Wall Street Man.” Dias said that a few years ago, he considered trying to make some money on the side by trading stocks and options. Rather than coming up with an avenue to fund his own music, he lost a lot of cash. Learning to get over it and move on plays into the theme of the record. The titular character he sings to on the song is not any one person, but rather the powers that be that seemingly control other peoples’ lives.
“I’m not judging anyone and saying anything is good or bad [because] that would be too much of a generalization,” he said. [Money] is a tool that can be used for whatever purpose and intention the person with it has. It just makes you more of what you already are.”
The Love Dimension performs in numerous configurations, from Dias by himself to many more. Dozens of Bay Area musicians have performed with Dias over the years. For the EP, the frontman recorded with singer-percussionist Celeste Obomsawin, singer-keyboardist Devin Farney, drummer Sonny Pearce, bassist Tommy Anderson and guitarist Kyle DeMartini. While the SoCal shows will be performed as a quartet, the Rickshaw Stop concert will be performed as a seven-piece band. Dias said he’s also working on a new full-length album, which has continued there trend of blending The Love Dimension’s ’60s sound with more modern influences from the ’90s, like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth and The Pixies.