On the 30th of March of this year, one of the best Bay Area rock n roll psych and blues hit Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco California. Music reviewer Dennis Gonzales and photographer, Ellie Doyen covered the dual record release party featuring Joshua Cook & The Key of Now, The Love Dimension and opening up, Snow Angel featuring visuals by White Light Prism.
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by Chloe Catajan
San Francisco’s The Love Dimension takes the hazy sound of ‘60s psychedelia and pairs it with a garage rock twist. The band itself has quite an alternating lineup, but frontman Jimmy L. Dias remains the steady pillar of it all. Fittingly, Dias told RIFF last January that he aims to make music that’s like “a lighthouse” for listeners, “shin[ing] a light so others can find their way.”
The Love Dimension, Agouti, Down Dirty Shake
9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16
Bottom of the Hill
Now, The Love Dimension is releasing a music video for the aptly titled track, “I’ll Find a Way.” We are thrilled to premiere it below!
Off the group’s latest EP, Acceptance, “I’ll Find a Way” features a groovy melody driven by fiery, heroic-sounding guitar riffs. The video dives straight into scenes of outer space and kaleidoscope patterns, with glitches and distortions constantly sneaking in. To make the video, The Love Dimension combined forces with Scott Franklin, vocalist-guitarist of Bay Area band Buzzmutt.
Buzzmutt also fuses ‘60s psych rock with grunge, and the band is no stranger to incorporating abstract graphics with their releases. The two bands met through holding practices at Secret Studios. With complete creative control from Dias, Franklin started with a couple photos of Dias and the band, and then brought the images to life.
“I feel like the video reflects the energy of the band—always changing, shifting and adapting to the present moment,” Dias said. “The song is about never giving up, being persistent and following your dreams with all your heart. I feel like the fractals in the video could represent that too. With the endless quantum possibilities this universe provides, there is always a way.”
You can hear “I’ll Find a Way” in person at Bottom of the Hill on Sept. 16. An evening of modern-day psychedelic rock, the show features performances by Agouti, Down Dirty Shake and The Love Dimension.
THIS MONDAY NIGHT, AUG 7TH TUNE INTO WXCI 91.7 West Conn Radio 'Music in Your Shoes', 8-10pm ET TO HEAR MYSELF, Jimmy Dias OF The Love Dimension & Carissa Johnson FROM OUR PERFORMANCE & INTERVIEW WE DID BACK IN MAY W/ DJ AC & Cool J!
The Love Dimension: That name alone conjures up the late 1960s, when the most far-out music was coming out of the Haight-Ashbury district and was best experienced on an, ahem, alternate plane. No surprise, then, that this psych-rock collective is originally from San Francisco, and their fuzzed-out sound harkens back to some of the Bay Area’s most famous psychedelic groups: Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, the Grateful Dead. Founded by frontman Jimmy L. Dias, who’s backed by a constantly rotating roster of musicians — some shows feature only a few members; others will boast a dozen or so — the Love Dimension is more than just a throwback act, as elements of ’90s alt-rock and contemporary electronica sneak their way into the music. Fans of the Brian Jonestown Massacre should be in heaven.
— Nathan Weinbender
Posted By Dan Nailen
MUSIC | Swing on by The Observatory for the psych-rock stylings of The Love Dimension, who will be joined by Vanessa Silberman, Mujahedeen and Runaway Octopus. Here's a little sample of The Love Dimension:
Click on link above to see the video...
Vanessa Silberman has played more than 250 shows in the last 18 months. She plays Front of House Lounge Tuesday.
By Brett Johnston
Los Angeles-based independent alt-rocker Vanessa Silberman has lived on the road for more than a year-and-a-half. She teamed up with Jimmy Dias of San Francisco’s psych/surf rock outfit The Love Dimension for a summer tour as a co-headlining two-piece. Silberman returns to Springfield for the fourth time since 2005, Tuesday at Front of House Lounge.
417: Have you really played around 250 shows in the last 18 months? What keeps you going on the road?
Vanessa Silberman: I love it. Music is so fulfilling. I’ve been out consecutively since January, so it’s pushing more like 260 or 270 [gigs] at this point, not including the double-duty of backing each other. Me and Jimmy started this tour at the end of March. In LA, I had an amazing job at a recording studio, but I really wanted to take a chance with touring and being an artist. I got to work with some of my heroes who I grew up listening to, but at the end of the day I wanted to take a chance on myself. I can sit behind a console later in life.
417: Do you have any favorite stops on the road? Has any place surprised you at all?
Silberman: It’s kind of hard to say, there are so many cool, amazing cities around the country. Usually it’s the smaller towns that don’t expect somebody from LA to come play. Fort Stockton, Texas was like that. Saint Augustine, Florida was amazing. That city was so unexpected, and so historical—the first [founded] city in the country and has such a cool scene there.
417: How would you describe your sound to new listeners?
Silberman: Going solo, I’m really looking to experiment, not be afraid to try stuff. The exciting thing about being solo is collaborating with so many different people. We feature different players, so it leaves a lot of open-endedness. We get a lot of comparison when I’m backing [Jimmy] to The White Stripes.
417: Is there any particular message to your writing?
Silberman: My message is giving hope and positivity through music. Even being on the road, showing women that you can be a woman on the road alone. I’ve done it. You can do it, too.
By Aarik Danielsen
Touring, if rock ballads and band diaries are to be believed, can get a little monotonous.
Playing the same songs night after night after night. An endless cycle of green rooms and budget hotels.
But for Vanessa Silberman and Jimmy Dias, their current jaunt feels new, maybe even a little precarious, each night.
She is a Los Angeles-based Jill of all trades who creates her own music, but also boosts other performers through producing, engineering and artist development. Silberman writes melodic rock steeped in the grit and grunge of the 1990s. He is the heartbeat of The Love Dimension, a San Francisco band that fits neatly within that city’s lineage of great psych-pop bands.
As artists, each marches to the beat of their own drummer. On this tour, those drummers just happen to be one another — Silberman and Dias are trading time behind the drums, backing the other’s set.
VANESSA SILBERMAN, THE LOVE DIMENSION, BLANK TRIP
When: Doors open at 8 p.m. Monday
Where: Cafe Berlin, 220 N. Tenth St.
Silberman often tours alone; Dias’ band is a rotating collective. So in this case, it made sense to help each other out. Their willingness to get behind the kit typifies the sort of “where there’s a will, there’s a way” most independent musicians adopt.
Sitting in the drum chair, in addition to their other musical roles, has brought growth for both artists. Silberman has written drum parts in the studio, but never drummed live for another artist. Dias has heard his sound expand and deepen by degrees.
Silberman’s sound has put him back in touch with his roots in grunge and punk — among his earliest influences were artists such as Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. When she plays Love Dimension songs, they take on a sort of White Stripes-esque quality, he said.
The tour is a marriage of the natural and uncomfortable, of instinct and intention. Dias started out on drums, bringing a rhythmic orientation to his music.
“I think of guitar more as a drum in a way,” he said, with guitar strokes corresponding to snare hits, for example.
Silberman has enjoyed the chance to supply harmonies on Dias’ songs, which naturally leave space for vocal layers.
Both have learned lessons about endurance, pulling double duty each night.
“I have to drum first before I sing,” Silberman said. ”... I use so much energy for playing guitar and singing ... it is so difficult ... for me to drum after that, because I’m exhausted.”
They also have had nightly, tangible reminders about flexibility. That characteristic has to be present to maintain a touring schedule and a musical life, Silberman said.
There are other fringe benefits to the arrangement — both Silberman and Dias joked that loading in and breaking down drums each night has helped them get in better physical shape.
By Sam Hustis
Call them a band, call them a collective, definitely call them “groovy.”
With a rotating lineup of 80+ members, The Love Dimension might not seem like a typical band, whatever this vibey psychedelica-meets-90s-grunge band from the Bay Area is doing, it’s working. We met up with Jimmy L. Dias (guitar/vocals), Amy Jane Cronkleton (vocals), Celeste Obomsawin (vocals/percussion/flute), Devin Farney (keyboard/vocals), Michael Summers (bass), and Robinson Kuntz (drums) to talk about what it means to go to “the love dimension,” what creative collaboration is like within a music collective, and what it’s like balancing parenthood and being in a band.
Connect with The Love Dimension on their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
By Joe Amarante, New Haven Register
At Stella Blues
Alt-rock singer Vanessa Silberman and The Love Dimension (above) will team with Boston rock artist Carissa Johnson at Stella Blues (204 Crown St., New Haven) for a May 24, 8 p.m. show that will also feature Hamden group Water Lane.
oxy Loxy’s intimate First Friday performance series has become a staple of blooming art scene that takes place during the first week of every month in Savannah. Along with the monthly celebration of First Friday in the Starland District, Foxy’s courtyard performances make for the perfect way to experience the arts scene in a much more intimate manner. For this month’s performance, Vanessa Silberman and The Love Dimension’s Jimmy Dias will be taking the stage as a duo, providing a slightly stripped down, but no less powerful, version of their individual projects. In anticipation of their performance, we had the opportunity to discuss the upcoming show among other things in a short interview with Vanessa.
hissing lawns: Could you give our readers a little info about your project and influences?
Vanessa Silberman: For my solo [Vanessa Silberman] music it’s a mix of musical influences that range from grunge rock to punk & hip hop to old singer songwriter country blues to 60’s, pop & just raw recordings where’s it’s about the song / emotion & message. For my solo music I really wanted to have a lot of freedom to collaborate as well as to be very hands on since I’m also a producer/engineer/mixer or try things I never done before but all while keeping the sound cohesive so the songs aren’t all over the place genre-wise but more just hint at these influences! Another influence is positivity & hope –My goal is really to carry that through my music / message to help people & give hope as well as to encourage them that they can play music or tour. Or just follow their heart for that matter!
hl: This being your second time coming through Savannah, was there anything about the city or the music scene in particular that drew you back?
VS: The place, it’s so beautiful & different from anywhere else in the states. I love south & it’s people! Almost like a cousin of New Orleans! It’s got such an old wonderful history & I love old historical places. A great college community too! Foxy Loxy is very intimate as well which makes it different, unique & raw as they use no PA. I love that! It’s nice to change it up versus the wild rock shows!
hl: Could you give our readers a bit of info on how you found yourself touring with The Love Dimension?
VS: Jimmy’s San Francisco band/collective The Love Dimension is part of A Diamond Heart Production, which is my artist development label. I met him / heard about his band from a music writer & another band who is on the label. He reached out…we started talking & then maybe 6 months later or so we played a show together –we were doing similar things at the time, playing solo & I got what he was trying to do & we started working together….I started helping him develop his band. At the show we played, he also mentioned that he was a drummer & he’d love to drum for me if I ever needed a drummer so I invited him to do a west coast tour with me as I was touring solo a lot. It was fun so & we both decided we’d back each other & do a big US tour / help each other out as it’s hard to get regular players to commit to tour for long periods of time as a regular band especially when you’re building. And because of that very reason I was touring solo (because I love touring & didn’t want to wait around for anyone) but I’ve been developing my live show more & adding more players. This US Tour has allowed us to build our live shows & back each other on drums, or other instruments & build in markets more but also we’re able to invite different players, friends or featured musicians (which is what I do a lot of) or even partner up with other acts (we’re doing a East Coast tour with a great Boston rock Artist Carissa Johnson) & expand the live show.
I feel like since I’ve been in the business so long that it feels right to give back & help other artists… especially on the development side or people I come across…I want to keep building, create community across the US, & change the world through music. Music makes people come together & helps us in life, gives us joy, hope & so much more. It’s not one person who can change world / music but it’s many!
hl: You also run a developmental label, mind giving us a little info on that as well? Any major plans for that in the future?
VS: A Diamond Heart Production is a artist development label, a label for artists in this new era but with old school traits and hands on ways!
It was mainly created as kind of a umbrella to be able to do work on everything I do under it –everything from recording to art, imaging, & indie A&R to booking & release plans…I wanted an outlet for myself & other artists I believe in. I have had nearly every job in the business so I wanted to be able to offer artists a label / place that does everything, but on an indie level! Very grass roots.
Let’s say a band has everything in place (record, some funds to promote record for radio & PR, image, live show) but they don’t know how to put a release plan or steps to take. That’s where I might be helpful or another example is if they need a record produced & art but have the people to push the release etc so there’s a lot of options & everyone is different! But these days since I’m building & touring a lot as a artist myself I’ve mainly been just focusing on producing / recording & indie A&R which are my favorite things. The label has a small digital distro side too & I will expand it more / grow it to do specialty physical releases like collector items (such as tapes & vinyl) & eventually I want to invest in other bands on a really big level & partner with a bigger label.
hl: We know that your show on the 5th will be an acoustic set. Do you approach anything differently when playing something in a setting like that?
VS: Yes, actually since they do it old school style (with no amplification) at Foxy Loxy I will def do some more mellow songs & maybe give myself a chance to sing a bit more of my quieter songs for a change but also just depends on audience/crowd! Sometimes I see those environments as a cool opportunity to try out new material.
hl: Mind letting us know about anything coming down the pipeline for you or for The Love Dimension? Any last words for our readers?
VS: Yes! I’ll be coming out with a Tape (TBA) & new single of a song called “OK” (feat. Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity/Teenage Time Killers & Producer/Musician Mikel Ross) which will come out in the near future (its being mixed right now). It was recorded on an off day in DC when we did a East Coast tour together in March. I will definitely be touring with them lot more in the future. I’m playing a the Star City Music Festival w/ them on July 8th in Brisbane CA.
The Love Dimension just released a new EP called Acceptance produced by Tommy Dietrick on A Diamond Heart.
Be sure to catch Vanessa and The Love Dimension this Friday, May 5th, at Foxy Loxy Cafe as part of their First Friday performance series in the Courtyard. Music starts around 7 and wraps up around 10 making it the perfect to get your weekend started right!