by Dave Segal
on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 1:13 PM
While Yo La Tengo create a clusterfuck this evening at Easy Street Records Queen Anne’s final in-store show ever, Diminished Men will be playing the much smaller Wall of Sound. If you don’ t want to become a victim in the scenario depicted in that famous Onion piece, you may want to catch DM, whose new album, Capnomancy (Abduction Records), is a real heart-pounder and marrow-chiller. My Up & Coming blurb below elaborates.
Diminished Men perform at 7 pm and the show is free/all ages. Wall of Sound is located at 315 E Pine St. between Bellevue and Melrose in Capitol Hill.
Diminished Men have stealthily become one of Seattle's most interesting bands. Mainstays of the city's underground scene, they've released six gripping albums of sublime, mercurial music, to not enough fanfare. The trio's intriguing new album on Alan Bishop's Abduction label, Capnomancy (the title means divination through the examination of smoke), further refines their steely fusion of spy jazz, surf noir, Morricone-esque spaghetti-western gestures, and avant-noise rock. The stormy and chilling leadoff track, "Oblong Trance," is already a contender for song of the year. Live, these guys—drummer Dave Abramson, guitarist Steve Schmitt, and guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Simon Henneman—possess a telepathic facility that's thrilling to watch and hear.