Your favorite Deer Tick and the Black Lips songs. With horns.
Why You Should Care:
The best supergroups don’t take themselves too seriously. A loose, laid back vibe is best. Diamond Rugs is a rollicking party hosted by John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pé (The Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate), and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite). (Yes, the same Six Finger Satellite that gave us the amazing “Coke and Mirrors.”) Although Diamond Rugs traffic in a relaxed, boozy vibe, their songs are deceptively precise and exhibit a well-blended mix of punk, Sun Records, British Invasion, and Stax influences.
The song “Gimme a Beer” from their 2012 self-titled LP demonstrates the band’s talent for dressing these elements up in the guise of a party song, and “Vodoo Doll,” a driving, goofy tune about addiction and lust from their upcoming LP, Cosmetics, suggests that we’re in for more of the same.
Cosmetics is out February 24, 2015 on Sycamore Records.