DIAMOND RUGS A HUGE HIT IN AMERICAN STRIP CLUBS
PASTE’S #1 MOST ANTICIPATED RECORD OF 2012
BETWEEN THEM, THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND HAVE IN THE PAST COLLABORATED WITH PAUL SIMON, MARK RONSON, TOM WAITS,
ELVIS COSTELLO, THE REPLACEMENTS;
WON SEVERAL GRAMMYS;
PERFORMED ON LETTERMAN, CONAN, LENO, LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND AND AT THE WHITE HOUSE
LIVE VIDEO FOR “GIMME A BEER” AVAILABLE NOW HERE
Partisan Records is very excited about the overwhelmingly hot reaction to Diamond Rugs’ new music at strip clubs across America. Before journalists and members of the music industry had the chance to stroke the tantalizing album made by a collaboration between 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), employees and patrons of over 50 strip clubs were tipped to the great sounds by being sent three CD singles with one song each from McCauley, Morris and Saint Pé. Poles show that everyone felt the project really has legs and could see the band’s career as being long when they hit the road hard.
Diamond Rugs’ debut self-titled record, due to be released April 24, was named Paste magazine‘s #1 Most Anticipated Record of 2012. The first song, “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant,” was offered as a free holiday download in December. In January, the first single, “Gimme A Beer,” was posted, and can still be downloaded HERE. A live video of “Gimme A Beer” from the only show the band has played to date can be seen HERE. Bloggers feel free to post! The high-energy clip is cut from a multi-camera shoot that took place at The Earl in Atlanta, GA, on December 29, 2011. The elegant chaos depicted only scratches the surface of what the lucky few hundred were privy to during the band’s two-hour-long set.
Last fall, McCauley decided he wanted to make another record during his downtime in his new home base of Nashville with producers Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Middle Brother, Deer Tick). While attending a Los Lobos show (one of his all-time favorite bands), he made his way backstage and met Steve Berlin. McCauley convinced Berlin to come to Nashville to play on the record. Over the course of the next month, he also managed to convince Saint Pé (whom he’d met once before), Morris (who had opened for Deer Tick on tour) and his good friend from his hometown of Providence, RI, Dufresne. McCauley also recruited Deer Tick keys/sax player Robbie Crowell to play bass on the album.
What happened next was entirely unexpected — the musicians McCauley had recruited to play on his record, ended up contributing their own songs to the album and a fully-formed band emerged, rather than a group of musicians playing on another artists’ record. Between them all, the members of Diamond Rugs have, in the past, collaborated with the likes of Paul Simon, Mark Ronson, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and The Replacements; they have won several Grammy awards and performed on Letterman, Conan, Leno, Later with Jools Holland and even at The White House.