“California” starts out sounding every bit of the Old West; a little dark and gloomy, a little sinister – midnight campfires, shadows cast everywhere by the full moon. Richmond’s own The Diamond Center (they are practically my neighbors and I didn’t even know it!) play a brand of spaced out psychedelic rock, churning guitars with the interesting twist of some beautiful vocals.
Maybe beautiful isn’t the only word; strong? Definitely. Desolate? That too. When it comes to psych rock I’m not used to hearing vocals that are pleasing…normally they are just “fitting”. The Diamond Center, on the other hand, provides the game, set and match. This single is every bit of a lonely night in a crowded place – the atmosphere created by the band is second to none.
They recently released The Diamond Center 7″ with “California” (A-Side)/”Bells” (B-Side) on Funny/Not Funny Records and you can grab your copy right here. While you’re doing that, you should head over to their Facebook and pledge your allegiance to the band.