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Diamond Rugs release their eponymous debut album on the 25th March 2013 through Partisan Records.
The members of Diamond Rugs have quite some calibre between them, including collaborations with the likes of Tom Waits, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, and The Replacements. Individual members can also boast multiple Grammy Awards, and primetime television appearances on the likes of Letterman, Leno, and Later with Jools Holland.
In its purest form, Diamond Rugs is the brand new collaborative project of John McCauley and Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pe (Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate), and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite), and they owe plenty to Deer Tick’s ragged-and-raw, blue-collar country rock, delivered with a typically bullish vocal drawl by McCauley.
The group began when McCauley and Dufresne met Saint Pé at a Black Lips show in Providence, RI. After a night of drinking beers together and discussing rock n roll, the three of them decided to start a band. A couple of weeks later, McCauley attended a Los Lobos show (one of his all-time favourite bands) where he made his way backstage and met Steve Berlin. Once Berlin heard about the band, he wanted in, and Diamond Rugs became official. Over the course of the next month, McCauley recruited Hardy Morris, who had opened for Deer Tick on tour, and Deer Tick’s Robbie Crowell to play bass on the album. From there, it naturally fell into place.
This self-titled debut, produced by Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Middle Brother, Deer Tick), features the unique elements of each musician, which together forms something both familiar and fresh and features ‘Gimme A Beer’ which received heavy rotation on British radio stations at the tail end of 2012.
Hard hitting, rough around the edges, and packing an almighty punch. Diamond Rugs are an almighty waking call for 2013.