The term supergroup is often doled out a little too easily, but Diamond Rugs fit the bill in the most valiant of ways. They may not be household names like Harrison, Dylan, Petty, Orbison or Lynne, but just about every last one of them is a consummate pro who’s made a living touring and recording for 10 years or more. Like the Traveling Wilburys before them, Diamond Rugs, (comprised of members of Deer Tick, Black Lips, Dead Confederate, Los Lobos, and Six Finger Satellite) is pure diversion, casting off the chains of expectations that come with rock and roll success and getting back to the all-important basics – to that addictive siren song that set each of them on this path in the first place, rock & roll in its most pure and uncorrupted form – a bunch of good-time buddies getting together to do what they love most, crank the amps and let it rip.
The band released their rowdy new record, Cosmetics (Sycamore Records/Thirty Tigers/RED) this February; the record was recorded in Nashville, TN, at Playground Sound Studio and was produced by Adam Landry and Justin Collins.
There’s a tasteful self-imposed restraint at play on Cosmetics, even as the band beckons you into the wild, off-the-cuff abandon of its epic bar-band anthems. This is the work of a gang of one-time upstarts who are now seasoned pros in full command of their musical powers. They’ve been through a whole lot, and because of it they know what’s important, how to have a good time, when to push the limits and when less is more.