It isn’t every day that we get to write about a supergroup of musicians from various other bands we know and love. Comprised of members of Deer Tick, Black Lips, Dead Confederate, Los Lobos, & Six Finger Satellite, Diamond Rugs are just as bad ass as you would imagine, and you can catch them live tonight at Mercy Lounge. Athens, GA, psych rockers New Madrid, and producer turned lo-fi folk hero Justin Collins will fill out a great bill that will only run you $15. If this intro wasn’t enough to convince you, read on after the jump for more details, and don’t miss your chance to see this all-star line up make their Music City stop.
Just like unicorns, supergroup shows are rare, sometimes once in a lifetime affairs. The mythical troop of heroes known as Diamond Rugs currently features John McCauley & Robbie Crowell (of Deer Tick), former Black Lips guitarist Ian St. Pé, Dead Confederate’s T. Hardy Morris, Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin and Six Finger Satellite’s Bryan Dufresne. We were immediately smitten by their 2012 self-titled debut and loved every minute of their inaugural show in Atlanta, and now we are happy to report that the Rugs are back with a new album entitled Cosmetics. Enjoy the LP’s first single “Thunk” below, and be prepared to revel in their rowdy rock ’n’ roll, liquor fueled shenanigans tonight at Mercy.
Formed around 2010, New Madrid are a unique blend of southern psychedelic, alt-country and jammy garage sounds. Their debut full-length record, Yardboat (2012), was engineered by legendary producer David Barbe (REM, Drive-By Truckers, Deerhunter), and deservedly generated some buzz for the band. Last year’s awesome follow-up, Sunswimmer, is more of the same ambient, jam laced tunes fans have come to know and love. See for yourself what these guys are all about when they heat up the middle slot on the evening’s bill.
Accomplished Nashville-based producer Justin Collins (Diamond Rugs, Deer Tick, Middle Brother) occasionally branches off on his own solo career ventures. His first offering, Home, Boy, is a collection of spacey lo-fi tracks, he did in his home on a 4-track recorder, touching on elements of folk and psychedelic. Think Leonard Cohen meets the Velvet Underground. His newest effort, Schooly Dreams, drops this summer, but you don’t have to wait that long to get a taste. Just make it to Mercy early, and you can see him live and in the flesh.
Diamond Rugs, New Madrid, and Justin Collins will perform TONIGHT at Mercy Lounge. The show is 18+, begins at at 9 pm (doors at 8), and tickets are available for $15.