Exclusive Video: Diamond Rings Strips Away the Glam

November 16th, 2012

A tour supporting insatiable Swedish electro-popster Robyn helped Diamond Rings’ John O’Regan shift away from the glam-tinged brooding of his 2010 debut—which bore still-unhealed scars from a battle with Crohn’s disease—into a sparkly, confident sophomore set, the recently released Free Dimensional. But deep-rooted emotion still twists beneath the new album’s rayon sheen, as seen in this spare, acoustic version of “Put Me On,” played in the open window of a SoHo apartment exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

Our chat with John O—whose band plays The Bowery Ballroom on 12/4—was wide-ranging, and we loved his tale about the first song that set him on the path toward making music as glam-pop act Diamond Rings. It was banged out with a few friends in a bedroom, burnt to CD and handed off to a local DJ—who liked it a lot. “Having those experiences got me into thinking that I didn’t need a million dollars and a catering budget and a giant studio to make cool music,” he told us. Hear that story, plus John O’s first musical memories, how he hopes his listeners feel when hearing his tunes and much more:

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