Diamond Rugs, the super-group featuring members of Deer Tick, Black Lips, Los Lobos, Dead Confederate and Six Finger Satellite, are set to release their first album.
The album release is accompanied by the release of their new single Hightail. Both the album and single are set for release on March 25 through Partisan Records.
Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pe (Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite) 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.
Hightail can be heard here. Hightail is track full of pure American style vocals not too dissimilar to that of Johnny Cash. McCauley’s vocals take on a story-telling quality while being accompanied by music which has strong country influences. The track is raw, energetic and in-your-face.
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.
The band’s self-titled debut album was produced by Adam Landry and Justin Collins. The single Hightail and self-titled debut album are available from March 25.