The eponymous record is accompanied by the release of single, 'Hightail' - both set for the 25th March 2013 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 caliber 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.
The single, 'Hightails' bludgeons from its opening drum pattern, with McCauley's rough-hewn vocals taking on a story-telling observatory quality akin to Jonathan Richman and his Modern Lovers.
It amounts to two and a half minutes of music that just doesn't get made like this anymore. Diamond Rugs prove exactly why it should.
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.
SXSW TOUR DATES:
13/03 9.15pm Partisan Showcase @ The Stage on 6th
11.00pm Red Bull Sound Select @ The Gatsby
14/03 4pm WIllie Nelson Raunch
15/03 6pm Hotel San Jose opening for Alejandro Esovedo