The Crocodile Presents:
Weeed (LP Release)
Arrington De Dionyso, Diminished Men
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
This event is 21 and over
Hailing from a small island in the pacific northwest, WEEED has been the collaborative musical explorations of 3-4 close friends since 2008. Though years of shows and recordings have pigeon-holed their sound into what many describe as stoner rock/heavy psych, the milieu of what inspires them is wide-ranging and their intention during the last several years has been to draw from a deeper pool of sonic stew that includes styles such as gnawa, traditional folk, jazz, minimalist orchestras, krautrock, overtone singing, desert blues, and much more.
WEEED’s 5threlease and 3rd studio album, “THIS” is the product of both a desire to make such influences more apparent as well as a desire to explore the boundaries of the members’ abilities to connect with each other; to become, in essence, one mind. Though the skeleton of the album was written during practices, the dynamics and fullness of each song were often reconnoitered and spawned through the improvisations which occurred during live settings and tours. The idea was discovery through the act of being present, and “THIS” was the result.
Sonically, “THIS” is an outgrowth of their last release, “META”, which saw the band beginning to experiment with ambient & vocal looping, flutes, synthesizers. Those explorations are present here, as is the notable (and permanent) addition of a second drummer, which is defined through the mixtures of tight syncopations and pulsing polyrhythms present in these songs. Recorded & produced at Bear Creek studio in Woodinville, WA, “THIS” marks a shift in sound that will only lead to further exploration into new musical territory.
Arrington De Dionyso
Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa uses post-punk angularity to stretch a single note through the black holes of the multiverse in a trance-inducing hallucinatory catharsis of sweat, saliva, and the power of the lungs
By distorting hard boiled film and classic instrumental music through a dark, overcast lens, Diminished Men refocus their influences into something entirely unique. Their jagged, hard-charging approach evokes images of slit jugulars and accelerated heart rates all the while swathing you in a blissful claustrophobia. Drawing elements of Link Wray, Morricone's dissonant horror scores, gritty noir and Joe Meek's sickly productions, as well as the provocative imagery of filmmakers like Wim Wenders and Jean-Pierre Melville, synthesizing them into something truly organic and original.
Formed in 2005 by guitarist Steve Schmitt and drummer Dave Abramson, Diminished Men are an integral part of Seattle's unique and prolific underground music scene. Abramson, also a member of Master Musicians of Bukkake, has done time in Climax Golden Twins and has collaborated with Secret Chiefs 3, Eyvind Kang, Six Organs of Admittance, Grails, etc. Bass VI player and multi-instrumentalist Simon Henneman has released two solo records and plays guitar in the free jazz group WA with iconic Northwest drummer Gregg Keplinger. Diminished Men have released three albums on the Sun City Girl's record label Abduction, in addition to two full length albums and two cassette EP's on their own label Bowels Of Lunacy.