Dim Locator
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Dim Locator

Denton, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | INDIE

Denton, Texas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Blues Avant-garde


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"9.3.2011, FTW"

Dim Locator led off with a set of digital-age electrified country blues. Will plays a battered hollowbody electric and a set of drum pads programmed for kick drum and hi-hat sounds through a bank of F/X through a PA speaker and good ol' reliable Fender Twin. (When I walked in and saw four, count 'em, four vintage Fender amps onstage, I thought I might have died and gone to gear geek heaven. And Will's drum rig is a work of art in itself, a more industrial-looking version of the jumble sales used by the drummers in Restaurant and Bastardos de Sancho.)

Kapinos sings in a style that's part young Johnny Cash, part crazed hillbilly, and all Texas kid; no affected African-Americanismo or over-the-top vocal F/X a la Jon Spencer or Bob Log III for this boy, to his great credit. He can fingerpick the fire out of that big box, or flatpick it for an effect not unlike a less-flashy, early Johnny Winter. (For proof, hear the cover of R.L. Burnside's "Mattie" on his TXMF 7-inch, with spooky/swampy Clay Stinnett cover art.)

I first saw Dim Locator at the Tommy Atkins benefit at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff last year, when Will invited Daron Beck to sit in on "I Put A Spell On You." Since then, the music's become less John Lee Hooker-derivative and a more organic representation of its creator, even including a song from his old band Jetscreamer, whom I vaguely remember seeing at some long-gone venue in Deep Ellum a decade or so ago. He's up for a "Best Blues Act" award in the Dallas Observer, which I think he deserves if only to piss off the purists. I was happy to hear that he'll be opening for Roky Erickson at the Kessler on September 30th, since I've already got my tickets for thatun. - Ken Shimamoto


Dim Locator - Live at Big Acre Sound EP cassette (Escarbada Records 2016)

Dove Hunter - Black Cloud Erupt Us CD (Idol Records 2015)

Dim Locator - "Mattie" b/w "Spell On You" 7 in. (TXMF 2011)

Spitfire Tumbleweeds - Pope Crow CD (TXMF 2009)

Jetscreamer - Hinterland (unreleased 2008)

Jetscreamer - Starhead CD (Bella Union 2003)

The Falcon Project - Lights Karma Action (Idol Records 2000)

The Falcon Project - The Revenge of Sonic Soular (Idol Records 1998)



Dim Locator, the nom de plume of William Kapinos, has been tearing up stages in and around Texas in earnest since 2009. His long awaited debut, Live at Big Acre Sound, is being released on cassette (yep, a tape) on Escarbada Records in early 2016. It is the very first release of any original Dim Locator songs ever. It's a perfect snapshot of what a typical Dim Locator set sounds in all of it's rip-roaring/teeth gnashing glory.