Drug Rug Gets Mad Props From Everywhere

NPR “Open Mic”: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12679190&ft=2&f=1094

Spin.com Artist of the Day: http://www.spin.com/features/band_of_the_day/2007/09/070911_drugrug/

CMJ Daily “Freeload” for “Day I Die” Up Today http://cmj.com/

AOL/Spinner.com Listening Party: http://spinner.aol.com/artists/new-releases-full-cds?defaultTab=8

My Space / Snocap Featured Artist Of The Week: http://www.myspace.com/snocap

MTV.com Album Cover Of The Week: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1569873/20070917/index.jhtml

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.

This Fall, Tommy Allen & Sarah Cronin debut their love for one another in the form of their outstanding
S/T record, Drug Rug, on Black & Greene Records and we are thrilled to be on board. The dynamic love duo, named Drug Rug, hail from Boston and have written & recorded the most heartbreaking debut since June & Johnny got together (Yes, We do love them that much). “The Sound Alone is all I need to get by” and “You don’t have worry, You don’t have panic no more (from Tiny People)” are just two simple lines that will have you back to toe-tapping and foot stomping & will re-cement your faith in love, poetry and classic country pop songs… Its almost like the clash of two separate generations have joined, and Joanna Newsom & Keith Richards had recently met in some distant far off land. Enough Said? Well if you need more, Drug Rug is coming your way…The Record was recorded at Narrow Lab in Allston, MA by Carter Tanton (Tulsa) and mixed and produced by Carter Tanton, Julian Cassanetti (Lot 6) and Drug Rug. Additional players on the LP are the Dead Trees & Jesse Gallagher from Apollo Sunshine. We are one happy family now!

Thomas Allen and Sarah Cronin met in 2006 while working at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, Ma. After trading secret demos of their own songs, Tommy persuaded Sarah to combine forces. They spent their first date drinking whiskey in bed and playing each other songs on an old guitar. They’ve been inseparable ever since. Several months later, they christened themselves “Drug Rug,” a name which has made strangers laugh and parents cry. Drug Rug began as an acoustic duo in the vein of the Everly Brothers and The Carter Family. Over the course of three or four shows Drug Rug evolved into a rock band with a revolving cast of friends and family. Their early rock and roll sound can be attributed to such influences as The Velvet Underground, The Byrds, and most importantly, the Paul and Linda McCartney record, “RAM”. The songs are also inspired by the storytelling style of early folk musicians, comic books, campgrounds, funny hats, and the illustrations of Garth Williams. In the month of June, 2007 after
consulting a psychic and a lawyer they signed to Black and Greene Records and are now slated to release their first record in the fall. Sarah likes to be covered in dirt and Tommy wears the same shirt for four days. They used to be drug free, but now they aren’t so sure. They believe in the imminent end of the world and will destroy each other with love before the apocalypse.

Oct 18th 8 PM
Redeye CMJ showcase (TBA)

Oct 19th 9 PM (TBA)
Bowery Ballroom

www.myspace.com/drugrugdude

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