Drug Rug On Tour NOW With The Fiery Furnaces

Drug Rug On Tour NOW With The Fiery Furnaces
Sophomore LP Paint The Fence Invisible Out Now On Black & Greene Records

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Pitchfork

CMJ : “The sweetheart duo of Sarah Cronin and Thomas Allen continues to produce the sunny ’60s harmonies that have endeared them to so many, but seem to follow historic timelines by infusing ever-increasing amounts of country-styled folk with their Hammond B-3 organ.”

Complex, Album Of The Week : “Sonny & Cher x Bikini Kill x the Beatles x the Zombies (yes, we’re comparing them to the Zombies and motherf*cking Bikini Kill, it’s good stuff!)”

Boston Phoenix: “…one of Boston’s most bad-ass stage presences”

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Drug Rug’s Sarah Cronin Wins Boston Music Awards’ “Female Vocalist Of The Year”

Drug Rug’s Sarah Cronin Wins Boston Music Awards’ “Female Vocalist Of The Year”
Add New East Coast Dates
Sophomore LP Paint The Fence Invisible Out Now On Black & Greene Records

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Pitchfork

CMJ : “The sweetheart duo of Sarah Cronin and Thomas Allen continues to produce the sunny ’60s harmonies that have endeared them to so many, but seem to follow historic timelines by infusing ever-increasing amounts of country-styled folk with their Hammond B-3 organ.”

Complex, Album Of The Week : “Sonny & Cher x Bikini Kill x the Beatles x the Zombies (yes, we’re comparing them to the Zombies and motherf*cking Bikini Kill, it’s good stuff!)”

Boston Phoenix: “…one of Boston’s most bad-ass stage presences”

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Drug Rug Plays 2 CHICAGO Shows At Scuba’s On 10.10 & 10.11 With Portugal

The Man Sophomore LP Paint The Fence Invisible Out Now On Black & Greene Records

Sarah Cronin Wins Boston Phoenix’s Best Female Vocalist

CLICK HERE For AOL’s Listening Party Of Paint The Fence Invisible

Pitchfork

CMJ : “The sweetheart duo of Sarah Cronin and Thomas Allen continues to produce the sunny ’60s harmonies that have endeared them to so many, but seem to follow historic timelines by infusing ever-increasing amounts of country-styled folk with their Hammond B-3 organ.”

Complex, Album Of The Week : “Sonny & Cher x Bikini Kill x the Beatles x the Zombies (yes, we’re comparing them to the Zombies and motherf*cking Bikini Kill, it’s good stuff!)”

Boston Phoenix: “…one of Boston’s most bad-ass stage presences”

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Drug Rug’s Sophomore LP Paint The Fence Invisible Out Now On Black & Greene Records To Rave Reviews

Announce More US Dates With Portugal. The Man

Sarah Cronin Wins Boston Phoenix’s Best Female Vocalist

AOL Spinner Listening Party

CLICK HERE For AOL’s Listening Party Of Paint The Fence Invisible

CMJ : “The sweetheart duo of Sarah Cronin and Thomas Allen continues to produce the sunny ’60s harmonies that have endeared them to so many, but seem to follow historic timelines by infusing ever-increasing amounts of country-styled folk with their Hammond B-3 organ.”

Complex, Album Of The Week : “Sonny & Cher x Bikini Kill x the Beatles x the Zombies (yes, we’re comparing them to the Zombies and motherf*cking Bikini Kill, it’s good stuff!)”

Boston Phoenix: “…one of Boston’s most bad-ass stage presences”

Boston Globe : “…leaves little ambiguity about its mission: making music at once delightful and daring, canny and ebullient, and always brimming with the buzz of life.”

The Needle Drops/NPR : “It goes without saying where the music was recorded and what it was recorded on, but the rough sound give them an inescapable Moldy Peaches quality.”

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Drug Rug’s Paint the Fence Invisible

Drug Rug
Paint the Fence Invisible
Black & Greene Records
Release Date: July 28th


Allegedly, Drug Rug is comprised of a real-life romantic couple, Thomas Allen and Sarah Cronin. This fact does little to foster an intimate sensibility in most of the songs on Drug Rug’s second release, Paint the Fence Invisible. As you might have figured by the name, Drug Rug is a neo-psychedelic jangle dream pop outfit from Boston. In a year of weirdo pop album masterworks by the Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, and Animal Collective, Drug Rug will be hard pressed to catch a whole frenzy of attention, but they are efficient songwriters if not producers of something entirely new.

While most of the album is inessential but thoroughly listenable, rhythmic and tuneful, there are, to this reviewer’s tender ears, 2 entirely wonderful tracks on Paint the Fence Invisible; the titular track which also functions as the closer, and “Coffee in the Morning.” It is in these two very different songs that Drug Rug manages to evoke coupledom and to say something intensely truthful about relationships. “Coffee in the Morning” so quickly calls to mind a goofy great very old Boswell Sisters song (quick! to the ITunes!) “Coffee in the Morning and Kisses at Night” and the best song on Dylan’s Desire, “One More Cup of Coffee.” The song thumps and jangles along with a sense of wonder (largely produced by a very wisely utilized and very Jon Brion-esque xylophone), “I see the old library but I’ve never been inside.” It’s a song about living with some one, a song about discovery in the habitual— what seems to be the music-making couple’s most aggressive pursuit…you sleep with, eat with, come with, and create with the same person every day. No better a ritual than morning coffee to canonize the habits formed in life together.

That brings us to the closing track, “Paint the Fence Invisible,” a spare acoustic ballad sung by Cronin in a Joanna Newsom sounding squeak-lullaby voice. “Paint the fence invisible/you can with your mind/ find the world indestructible/show the world what you find” are the only words in the song, sung twice. It’s a stunning lyric, playing with a domestic command, “paint the fence” and at the same time speaking a beautiful philosophical request to see through the moody dividers in relationships.

It would be hard to speculate on how Drug Rug will fare in the future. It might be nice to have them, 2 albums down the line, writing angst filled songs to each other, ala Richard and Linda Thompson’s under-appreciated divorce record, Shoot Out the Lights. It would also help if they focused on writing nourishing songs like the 2 aforementioned humdingers and dropped the marginally haggard songs like “Hannah Please” and “Noah Rules.”

Drug Rug Releases Debut Single “Never Tell” On The Tripwire

Drug Rug Releases Debut Single “Never Tell” On The Tripwire

US Summer Tour Dates / Nominated for the 2009 Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll

Sophomore LP Paint The Fence Invisible Out On Black & Greene Records July 28th

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Keith Morris, GTFU Radio : “the psychedelic Jonas Brothers”

NPR Song Of The Day

The Needle Drops/NPR : “It goes without saying where the music was recorded and what it was recorded on, but the rough sound give them an inescapable Moldy Peaches quality.”

The Fader Fort Live Video Performance

SPIN Magazine: “Together the two’s vocals, paired with their brand of sunshine lo-fi, teeter on the shrill end, a la the beginnings of electric-Dylan.”

URB: Their 60s influenced, easy going sound contrasts well with rugged love ballad lyrics and keep listeners in head-bobbing, foot tapping heaven.

American Songwriter: “Drug Rug plays a mightily banged-up mix of blues, rock and country that,in spite of itself, manages to be insanely catchy and full of perk….the Rug spits venom and sugar

into their eponymous debut with gleeful disregard for convention.”

My Old Kentucky Blog : “Drug Rug is the boyfriend/girlfriend duo of Sarah Cronin and Thomas Allen. They obviously haven’t been together that long because the songs are still so happy and shiny.” Like a lot of bands, it’s The Byrds and Beach Boys meet the indie stylings of today.”

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Drug Rug Announce US Tour Dates

Nominated for the 2009 Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll
Sophomore LP Paint The Fence Invisible Out On Black & Greene Records July 28th

 

Public voting begins today for Boston Phoenix’s Best Music Poll 2009! Vote Here for Drug Rug  

Keith Morris, GTFU Radio : “the psychedelic Jonas Brothers”
http://www.gtfuradio.com/podcasting/?p=episode&name=2009-05-18_keith_day5_hr2.mp3

NPR Song Of The Day : http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12679190

The Needle Drops/NPR :  “It goes without saying where the music was recorded and what it was recorded on, but the rough sound give them an inescapable Moldy Peaches quality.”
http://theneedledrop.blogspot.com/2009/02/mp3-drug-rug-pick-up-your-pen-lucy.html

The Fader Fort Live Video Performance : http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/webseries/watch/v1480377Tp7Hn69r

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Drug Rug Unveil “Paint The Fence Invisible” Cover Art

Sophomore LP Out On Black & Greene Records July 28th
The Kitchen Tapes EP Out Now / US Summer Tour Coming Soon
   

NPR Song Of The Day : http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12679190

The Needle Drops/NPR :  “It goes without saying where the music was recorded and what it was recorded on, but the rough sound give them an inescapable Moldy Peaches quality.”
http://theneedledrop.blogspot.com/2009/02/mp3-drug-rug-pick-up-your-pen-lucy.html

The Fader Fort Live Video Performance : http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/webseries/watch/v1480377Tp7Hn69r
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Drug Rug To Release Sophomore LP “Paint The Fence Invisible”

On Black & Greene Records Out July 28th / The Kitchen Tapes EP Out Now  
    

US Summer Tour Coming Soon

NPR Song Of The Day : http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12679190

The Needle Drops/NPR :  “It goes without saying where the music was recorded and what it was recorded on, but the rough sound give them an inescapable Moldy Peaches quality.”
http://theneedledrop.blogspot.com/2009/02/mp3-drug-rug-pick-up-your-pen-lucy.html

The Fader Fort Live Video Performance : http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/webseries/watch/v1480377Tp7Hn69r

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Drug Rug Announce Winter Tour With Dr. Dog

The FADER.com: “The band Drug Rug out of Cambridge, Massachusetts with a self-titled album coming in September on Black and Greene kind of sound like a dirty, shredded baja sweater, so we congratulate them on their self-awareness and funky jams and we present you with this song called “Day I Die.”

URB: Their 60s influenced, easy going sound contrasts well with rugged love ballad lyrics and keep listeners in head-bobbing, foot tapping heaven.

AMERICAN SONGWRITER: “Drug Rug plays a mightily banged-up mix of blues, rock and country that, in spite of itself, manages to be insanely catchy and full of perk….the Rug spits venom and sugar into their eponymous debut with gleeful disregard for convention.”

PRODUCT SHOP NYC.COM: Drug Rug sounds like a sunny AM radio folk revival but their lyrics are dark and sung with a modern blasé for love and youth.

Drug Rug formed in 2006 as an alternative rock/country project between couple Tommy Allen and Sarah Cronin.  Their eponymous debut garnered tremendous critical praise receiving 4 & 5 star reviews in Fader and Bust, and features in Spin, and The New Yorker. Since it’s release the band has toured with the likes of The Fiery Furnaces, Los Campesinos & The Long Blondes.

With their revolving door tendency for backing-band musicians; Drug Rug’s live shows and recordings often feature exciting guests from members of Tulsa, Apollo Sunshine, The Dead Trees and others.

2009 Will bring about an EP titled The Kitchen Tapes and full length sophomore album this Summer.

2009 WINTER TOUR

Feb 11 / Raleigh, North Carolina at The Pour House w/Dr. Dog
Feb 12 / Asheville!, North Carolina at Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall w/Dr.Dog
Feb 13 / Athens, Georgia at Tasty World w/Dr.Dog
Feb 14 / Nashville, Tennessee at Mercy Lounge w/ Dr.Dog
Feb 17 / New Orleans, Louisiana One Eyed Jacks w/Dr.Dog
Feb 18 / Tallahassee, Florida Florida State University w/Dr. Dog
Feb 19 / Ybor City, Florida at Crowbar w/Dr.Dog
Feb 20 / Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Culture Room w/Dr.Dog
Feb 21 / Orlando, Florida The Social w/Dr. Dog
Feb 22 / St. Augustine, Florida Cafe 11 w/Dr.Dog
Feb 22 / Charlottesville, Virginia Gravity Lounge w/ Dr.Dog
Feb 25 / Washington, DC at DC9
Feb 26 / New York, NY at The Mercury Lounge
Feb 27 / Boston, MA at The Paradise Rock Club

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Long Blondes w/ Drug Rug, Bang Bang – Saturday, May 24

Long Blondes w/Drug Rug, Bang Bang
Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL
5/28/08

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“The Logan Square Auditorium lends itself to great shows and that certainly proved true Saturday night.”

The Chicago three-piece, Bang Bang, got things rolling Saturday, May 24, at the semi-crowded Logan Square Auditorium. Bang Bang’s vocal duties were shared between the soulful, riot grrl Gretta Fine, who aimed for a Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Sleater-Kinney sound, and Jack Flash’s more straight-man, rock and roll approach, not unlike the Hives. If you prefer the band’s self-proclaimed genre, however, then it sounded like “Chicago’s Premier Sex Rock Band.” Among about eight tunes, the back-to-back new ones sounded the best, especially the one about “the hot boys.” Nothing was too outstanding; although their eccentric drumming is worth checking out, which you can do by heading over to their MySpace if you’re interested.

drug rug logan squareDrug Rug, sandwiched between Bang Bang and the Long Blondes, had the most substance (or meat). On stage, the Drug Rug duo becomes a 4-piece who also sports the two-singer approach. Their set was a collective whole; songs were extended with jams that were not overbearing, and their final product was most impressive; it certainly sparked several new fans. If a highlight existed though, it would probably be their gem, “Day I Die.” Although I was looking out for the Beach Boys influence from my interview beforehand, it was readily available in their sound, especially one of their new tracks that will appear on an album later this year. The band’s centerpiece is Sarah Cronin’s unique, uninhibited voice, which was boasted on the opener “Nobody Can Tell You That Your Wrong.” This is a young band definitely worth checking out now; and for fans who appreciated their set, check out Chicago’s Sing Sing, who are also an excellent country-tinged indie act with an extremely similar approach.

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When I found out the Long Blondes were coming to Chicago a few months back, I was pretty excited, but after their worse than sub-par new album, which in no way compares to the brilliant singles of 2005, the excitement dwindled. The Long Blondes fired through 16 tracks, some flops, others perfect, namely, “Giddy Stratospheres,” “Separated By Motorways,” and “Once And Never Again.” On the flops, watching the beautiful Kate Jackson and listening to her truly blessed voice was a pleasant distraction.

The Logan Square Auditorium lends itself to great shows and that certainly proved true Saturday night.

long blondes logan square

Drug Rug Interview

Drug Rug is poised for a successful career; their influences (Beach Boys, and contemporary favorites, Dr. Dog) fueled an impressive 9-song album, and on stage their personalities meld to make a fun live act. When asked, “What would be the Drug Rug ideal show?” the duo, Tommy Allen and Sarah Cronin, displayed their fun-side and provided a shared response. The ideal show would include playing on an island alongside the Beach Boys and Aretha Franklin to fans that took ferryboats and rafts with Chinese lanterns to get to, just as the Sun goes down.

The Chicago date was their penultimate show of the tour that supported the Long Blondes. “This has been one of the better tours so far,” says Tommy Allen, though it’s only the young band’s third tour ever, “The Long Blondes said they had a list of bands to choose from and picked us.” The successful tour’s end will allow for the nice transition to the studio at the end of July to work on their sophomore effort due in late summer or fall. On this tour, the band has been performing six new songs that will appear on their currently untitled release.

The question of which contemporary band they like froze the two up a bit, “That question always takes us back because we listen to so much older stuff…” Tommy and Sarah said as they scrambled for new bands that excite them. Out of the scramble came Tulsa, a fellow Massachusetts act, The Black Angels, and Dr. Dog whose “polished,” advance-copy of their fifth album, FATE, has been playing through Drug Rug’s speakers as of late.

Drug Rug occasionally tries their hand at a cover, but generally stick to their own. This year they probably won’t be rocking any festivals, though they would like to, and anticipate doing so behind their next album. As we moved to a more general discussion, the band professed their love for Sultan’s falafels in Wicker Park, and their amazing time at the Hideout this winter.

Reflecting on the interview, I feel fortunate to have met up with them, and having talked to them prior to them playing definitely enhanced their quality set. I do not, however, feel fortunate in the quasi-celebrity sense, which I sometime feel when interacting with indie-rock artists; and that, strangely, was the best part. Being able to talk with a band of Drug Rug’s caliber with such ease exemplified rock ‘n’ roll’s essence.