Providing me with yet another opportunity to use my catchphrase (it’s “The past is the new black”, in case you haven’t encountered my rants before) is San Francisco band The Love Dimension and, on their “Not Until All Beings Are One” EP, they are on a musical journey down that tried and trusted sixties train track stopping at the stations called pysch pop and garage rock.
To their credit, The Love Dimension show great spirit and enthusiasm with their love of the sounds of the past driving these songs along quite nicely. “Down the 101”, as an example, rocks solidly and a very reverential “Heart Full of Soul” also makes a positive impression.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or so they say, but the question remains. Does the world really need what is, in musical terms, one step over an energetic covers band? The Love Dimension sound – while I am at it, the sound quality of these tracks is not exactly wonderful either - like they belong in a time that no longer exists outside of the sentimental memoires of people who weren’t there anyway. When it comes down to it, you can’t copy originality and claim it as your own and just because so many other people do it doesn’t make it right.