Polymorphia San Francisco, Oakland 1989​-​1992

by Diana Rosalind Trimble

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Polymorphia was formed from the ashes of one of San Francisco's greatest live bands of the 1980s, The Black Athletes (ask anyone who saw them), who quite tragically remained unsigned and barely recorded even though they played thousands of shows and had a massive live following. At the height of their popularity they were opening for major non-mainstream bands such as Public Image Ltd. and the Butthole Surfers. Had digital home recording and Youtube existed back then, the story would have turned out differently but those were the days when bands had to have record deals. The Black Athletes broke up for personal reasons before they were properly documented.

I was lucky enough to end up with three members, bassist Jake Rivera, guitarist Anthony Fisher and bassist Joshua Heller (their heavy sound was largely derived from having two bass players) who switched to his true passion of production and engineering. We were joined by the fantastic drummer, Simone White, who had found early success playing with the Disposable Heroes of Hip-hoprisy, and multi-talented percussionist Todd Hermann played with us for a time as well.


released December 31, 1992




Diana Rosalind Trimble New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I continued to sing and write in experimental performance ensembles that remain important in the history of the 80s & 90s Bay Area arts scene, followed by one decade of tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC (read Little Tiger on here), then another in Europe, always making records of collabs along the way! ... more

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Track Name: Polymorphia - Brink
I've been racing
To catch up with myself
So I can rest at the core
And melt
And listen
To what's not there

I saw you two strolling
Imagination's linked
Happy as saints
You were strolling to the brink

There was a sound
Who were you laughing with it about?
I'm collapsing
The thought of being without
And not going to
The brink

Being pulled back now
To some secondary state
Not quite breathing
Not asleep and not awake
So slow to think

There is a country
To which we can escape
There is a story
A passion, a life
In which we can escape to
The brink
Track Name: Perpetual
Oh perpetual
Oh the struggle is

I dreamt there was a world
Where nothing left was living
The searing wind was the only thing left moving
Across the earth that once was so home
To so many beautiful varied life forms

Someone wake me
This must not be real

Then the picture changed
And we were all together
My friends my lovers
My mother and my father
It all seemed so simple
Track Name: Down Vain Light
Sweeter to die
Oh than have this waiting
This waiting for the night
To take me from the light
And leave me sleeping

Ah sweeter to be
Away nowhere
Down, vain light!
Shine you no no more
No more

Sweeter than Dahlias to have no name
No time
No world to go on living in
Light to keep me seeing
The shame of living in a world
Without Love

Shine you no more
Vain light
Shine you no more

No night is dark enough
For we whose souls despair of living

Oh if I must live
Show me the place where the dark shadows
And night's blackbird
Hide from vain rays

Sweeter to die
Than wait wait wait wait
Wait for the night
Far from the light

Sing your sad song
Gladly I'd be blackbird

No night's dark enough for we whose souls despair
Of light

Down light
Shine you no no more no more
Vain light
Shine no more

Sweeter to die
Than wait wait wait wait
Wait for the night
Far from the light
Track Name: Sea and Sorrow
Is that water?
All in a go by my ears
Like sheets of sound
Into which I lie

Oh no
Not quite sure yet
Am I down low or up high
Don't know
Where am I?

Feel light driven
Into my own centre
So awareness climbs on

No no
Not quite sure yet
Whether I'm even alive
Don't know
Am I high?

Between the minutes
Vague on a few points of fact
Between the worlds
Never mind all of that

I am become my attention
It's alternating
Low high low high
low low low high

There was a noise
Like a vacuous kitchen
Lights outside my head
Or could it have just been
Sea and sorrow's waves
Sorrow's waves

Oh no
Feeling most unusual
Rolling like a wave does
This sickness in the pit of me

Sea and sorrow's waves
Sorrow's waves

Oh is that water
All in a go by my ears
Like sheets of sound
Into which I lie

No no
Not quite sure yet
Am I down low or up hight
Don't know
Where am I

Between the minutes
Between the worlds
Never mind all of that

Sea and sorrow's waves
Sea and sorrow's waves