Diamond Rugs are excited to announce that they have confirmed a run of fall tour dates, supporting their 2012 debut record, Diamond Rugs (Partisan Records). Diamond Rugs will kick off their first-ever tour on October 28th in Durham, NC, culminating with a performance at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Festival. Prior to these rare live shows, the band will be in NYC, making a guest appearance at John McCauley’s solo show as part of WFUV’s Live at Zankel Hall concert series at Carnegie Hall. The full list of tour dates is below.
Diamond Rugs made their late night television debut in June, playing Late Show with David Letterman. Their raucus, high-energy, Southern rock ‘n roll has been praised by the likes of VICE Magazine, who awarded them Album of the Month, noting “I see what you’ve done here, Diamond Rugs. You made the soundtrack to Beer. Nice job. I can’t wait for the sequel, This is How to Not be a Boring Pussy.” SPIN gave the record 8 out of 10 stars, calling it a “raucous, loose hootenanny,” while Billboard raved about their “rowdy bar-rock rave-up full of gang vocals, fuzzy guitars and tart soul-style horns.” “Diamond Rugs’ strength,” declared MAGNET, “comes from the musical diversity of its members.” Paste Magazine called the album “sweaty and unpolished with just the right amount of self-awareness–everything a great rock record should be.”
Diamond Rugs is 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). 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, the members of Diamond Rugs 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.
Sat-Oct-27 New York, NY Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Sun-Oct-28 Durham, NC The Pinhook
Mon-Oct-29 Nashville, TN Zombieshop
Tue-Oct-30 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
Wed-Oct-31 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
Thu-Nov-01 New Orleans, LA Tulane University
Sat-Nov-03 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Festival