The gravelly vocals and dirt-track Americana of Deer Tick gets an injection of hedonistic playfulness from Black Lips
Among the six members of Diamond Rugs are two folk from country-tinged, alt-rock types Deer Tick, and Black Lips guitarist Ian St Pé. The resultant album is exactly what you’d expect from this mix of personnel – all the gravelly vocals and dirt-track Americana of the former, plus an injection of hedonistic playfulness from the latter. Thus we get a garage-country number called ‘Gimme A Beer’, plus ‘Out On My Own’ (a dropout version of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’) and closer ‘Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant’ which, yep, is actually a genuine Christmas song. Does what it says on the tin, then.