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The Lost Years

by Diminishing Returns

No Happy Music.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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1. Memoirs
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2. nine seven of four five
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3. Parade of Horribles
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4. Five Thousand Miles
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5. The Intimacy of the Resulting Nexus
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6. These Wings
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7. Bulletproof Lust
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8. Breakout
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9. Red Army Town
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10. Red, Black & Yellow (the horror film in my head)
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Album Notes
oh hi. i'm mike, & i don't write happy songs.
diminishing returns was a project formed between david gross & mike sereno in late 2003. the band name comes from an economic term. since misery index was already taken.
together we put out an EP called 'the subway demos,' still for sale on our cafepress.
daveb joined the band next, & roger later. the 4 of us released an LP '...the lost years' mid 2005. it is still for sale on itunes & near everywhere digitally you can buy music, as well as through target & amazon.com & other such retailers. the music is hard to define, but the sound it creates is eclectic & appeals to a wide range of people.
currently, roger has his own band, daveg has 'right as rain' (see them in the top friends), & i (mike) am continuing on the diminishing returns name as a solo artist. currently recording an ep ("regression") in chris young's nyc studio for his label, as well as an acoustic ep ("open chords for closed hearts") to put out as the last atc label release. see blog's for updates & our player for sample songs. 'same old story' is the first single off of regression, '7:19' is the first off OCFCH.


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the lost years - diverse as the passage of time
This debut release, self-recorded and produced, maintains raw roots without censure of energy and emotion, while playing within the boundaries of rock/metal production of its comrades.

Years commences with a confessional of its purpose ("these are my memoirs"), acoustic laced with drama and theme of the immortal decision: to call back or not to call back. Similarly, the album ends (in a secret track) of a pouring cover tune, also acoustic, ostensibly into "her" voice-mail, providing a symmetry that otherwise eludes the enigmatic and truly diverse work.

Betwixt and between, tracks meander through style changes the way years age bandmates, carrying them to unreached plateaus (punky "970" and "Parade", rocking "5000 Miles", acoustic defeatism of "Intimacy", metally "Bulletproof", and the anthemic "Red Army" and "Red Black & Yellow"), while storytellers and friends, Michael and David, confess their blacked-out lives on e-parchment and firey ballads.

Diminishing Returns most excels in its drive and unbridled passion and strength of 970 and Bulletproof Lust. Eschewing hackneyed language, tales of infidelity ring true without tears (“I won't waste another night on you / knowing you lie awake under him”).

The album is not just for metal punkers; unlike comparable releases, poignant acoustic tracks litter the album and find well-suited homes outside the safe "final track", and influences of rock, punk, metal, emo and hardcore are pervasive. Their approachable poeticism cannot be denied, and is not lost beneath screams and power chords.