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Diamond Rugs self-titled debut a dirty, delicious mess

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012 15:04

Diamond Rugs

Diamond Rugs

(Partisan Records )

Grade: B

Diamond Rugs’ self-titled debut album is dirty. It clearly hasn’t showered in days and is covered in filth. If this album had a scent, it would be stale beer, bourbon and cheap perfume.

Diamond Rugs is an indie super group made up of John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint (The Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite). This band of misfits came together and created a rather cohesive fun, backyard barbeque album. Crack open a cold one and enjoy the musical debauchery.

Other reviews – cough Pitchfork cough - have said Diamond Rugs promotes alcohol and domestic abuse. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Songs like “Give Me a Beer” and “Call Girl Blues” are extremely straightforward. The titles explain what the songs are about. There is no need to think any less of the band or what they are trying to do, but the songs can’t be taken so seriously.

For the most part, the album is 45 minutes of musicians screwing around and having a blast. It’s not all fun and games, though. McCauley seems to have extreme highs and lows. “Totally Lonely” begs to be played in a run-down dive bar while wallowing in misery.

Whether you’re drinking your problems away or toasting to a night on the town, Diamond Rugs knows how to show you a good time.

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