Diamond Rings defies laws of time and space. Electro-pop maestro John O makes music that exists outside specific eras, distilling encyclopedic knowledge and passion into laser-like beams of emotional immediacy. Physical limits don't bother him much, either. True to his D.I.Y. background, he composes highly personal songs in a tiny bedroom studio in Toronto's West End, yet is increasingly concerned with Diamond Rings reaching the widest possible audience. But don't be confused by these twists and ripples. A degree in astrophysics isn't mandatory to appreciate Free Dimensional, the second Diamond Rings full-length. A good heart and working ears are all the tools required.
Cool beans! Diamond Rings is set to perform at this year's edition of Osheaga Music & Arts Festival this summer in Montreal. Other performers include Vampire Weekend, The Cure, Mumford & Sons, New Order, Phoenix and much more.
We'll keep you posted when the day-to-day schedule is out so you don't miss Diamond Rings outside at Parc Jean-Drapeau!
Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
Featuring Diamond Rings and many others.
August 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 2013
For tickets, click here
Diamond Rings is proud to announce that he will be supporting British New Wave pioneers, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) through two strings of shows in April and July, which include Canadian dates in Vancouver and Toronto.
Currently in the midst of his headlining Runaway Love tour in Western Canada, Diamond Rings has also confirmed a number of live dates at SXSW. He will bring his March tour to a rousing close at CMW in Toronto on March 22nd, where he will be performing alongside Metric, Matt Mays and Yukon Blonde at the SiriusXM Indie Awards. Further information and tickets are available via Diamond Rings’ official website.
UPCOMING 2013 TOUR DATES
March 06 – Calgary, AB @ The Commonwealth
March 07 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
March 08 – Saskatoon, SK @ Louis' Pub
March 09 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
March 14 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Waterloo Records In-Store @ Waterloo Records – 1pm
March 14 – Austin, TX – SXSW – FILTER/Dickies Day Party @ Lustre Pearl – 4pm
March 14 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Express Showcase @ Austin Music Hall – 7:15pm
March 15 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Brooklyn Vegan Day Party @ Old Emo’s – 1:30pm
March 15 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Spotify House (DJ gig) @ Spotify House – 4-6pm
March 15 – Austin, TX – SXSW – VEVOtv Showcase (acoustic) @ Ghost Room – 8pm
March 22 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus - SiriusXM Indie Awards
April 5 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore *
April 6 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox*
April 7 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom*
April 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot*
April 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency*
April 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre*
July 7 – Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest @ LeBreton Flats
July 11 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall*
July 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer*
July 13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
July 15 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Club*
July 17 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5*
July 19 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall*
July 20 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall*
July 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre*
July 23 – Chicago, IL @ Metro*
August 10 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
To mark the announcement of his 2013 Runaway Love Tour, Diamond Rings is kicking it elementary school and offering up a baker’s dozen of oversized Valentines in the form of his limited-edition heavy-weight silkscreen posters. Thirteen lucky winners across Canada will receive a signed and personalized Diamond Rings Free Dimensional poster.
To enter the contest, fans are invited to tweet their favourite love-related Diamond Rings lyric (bonus points for a rhyming couplet!) @diamondrings with the hashtag #runawaylove. Winners will be choo-choo-chosen by John O himself, and posters will be post-marked on Valentine’s Day, set to arrive before the start of the Runaway Love tour.
Runaway Love Tour Dates
Friday, March 01, 2013 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore
Saturday, March 02, 2013 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 – Calgary, AB @ The Commonwealth
Thursday, March 07, 2013 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
Friday, March 08, 2013 – Saskatoon, SK @ Louis' Pub
Saturday, March 09, 2013 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
Friday, March 22nd, 2013 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus *SiriusXM Indie Awards
Click here to buy tickets.
Going into this record was there any overarching thing that you specifically wanted to do differently from Special Affections?
Yeah, I knew that I wanted it to be a step up, sonically. I had this real epiphany moment when my creative director Lisa and I went to see Katy Perry in Toronto, at the hockey arena where she was playing last summer. And somehow “All Yr Songs,” one of my first tracks, made it onto the playlist that they were playing before her set. And that was really cool, on the one hand, hearing it in that context, this bedroom, lo-fi recording being played in this big hockey arena. But on the other hand it sort of showed how different what I was doing sounded from everything else that was from, let’s face it, what a large percentage of the population is really into. I think as a pop artist, or one that strives to be a pop artist, ultimately I want to connect with people, as many people as I can. So I knew that I wanted songs to kind of speak that more populist language, sonically. I didn’t really change my approach lyrically or emotionally. I feel like they’re still conveying the same message, but just coated in a way that has a few more layers of gloss. It’s like we spent a two more hours waxing the car.
That we have here an exercise in eclectic modern pop rather than pure synth recreationism is evidenced in the crunchy guitar lines of “Runaway Love” — or the unexpected rap interludes (which listeners will find divisive). This fuck-you assertiveness (even in the absence of the “fuck”) proclaims a defiance that chimes with the mainstream pop paradigm (if also nodding to O’s characteristic play across a range of gendered stereotypes). It’s a mood that replaces Special Affections’ dark-edged tint — and, as a further nod to pop’s now-characteristic biographical qualities, closer “Day and Night” is a customary narrative of the travails of touring.
In case you've missed Diamond Rings' performance on Jay Leno last Wednesday night, you catch it on the Exclaim! website.
Diamond Rings' Fall Canadian Tour starts on Friday November 16 in Victoria, click here to see all the dates and buy tickets.
Diamond Rings has been voted "Best Locale Male Vocalist" by the people of Toronto in this year's Best of the City. Click here to read the interview.
In case you've missed Diamond Rings on David Letterman last week, watch it here!
C'était il y a six semaines, avant la sortie de son deuxième disque, Free Dimensional, survenue lundi dernier. À l'image du premier extrait, I'm Just Me, c'est un album plus pop que son prédécesseur qui regorge de confiance. Avec la voix grave de John O'Regan, les chansons dansantes se démarquent par une belle noirceur new-wave et par des textes de type «journal intime». «Cet album respire quelque chose de direct et de la confiance, explique-t-il. Je voulais avoir le son le plus fantastique qui soit. Depuis deux ans, je suis fasciné par la musique pop et je voulais un son plus poli.»
Diamond Rings has evolved past its '80s glam-pop melodies into a new era of electronic music that's still shimmering with boisterous pop, but introduces new dimensions into its already packed bag of tricks, including a rap verse or two. In many cases, that wouldn't work, but in O'Regan's anything-is-possible, self-esteem-touting universe, he can do whatever he wants and we will happily sing and dance along.
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