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2010's answer to Adam Ant

It probably makes sense that the effects of global warming should be felt most strongly in good old gas-chugging Texas itself. The weather has switched from stifling heat to bitter cold in under 24 hours, making the proposition of hanging around in a car park with a beer less appealing.

Try telling John O, aka Diamond Rings, that this is anything but stardust and moonbeams though.

Sporting a quiffed shock of peroxide hair, Adam Ant-gone-goth eye make-up and electric-blue spandex leggings, he shimmies through a set of doomy, melodic power-pop and glossily romantic new-wave like a fabulous drunk karaoke queen.

A twinkly Casiotone Sebadoh cover mid-set pretty much sums it up. It’s all so fun and sweethearted, O’s croon so deep and soulful, that the crowd, now huddled under blankets can momentarily forget the chill.

“I wouldn’t want you to get cold”, sings O in ‘All Yr Songs’. Little chance of that in the presence of a talent so radiant.


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