SPIN Magazine: â€œTogether the two’s vocals, paired with their brand of sunshine lo-fi, teeter on the shrill end, a la the beginnings of electric-Dylan.â€
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: â€œDrug 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 perkâ€¦.the Rug spits venom and sugar
into their eponymous debut with gleeful disregard for convention.â€
My Old Kentucky Blog : â€œDrug 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.â€ Like a lot of bands, it’s The Byrds and Beach Boys meet the indie stylings of today.â€
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. Theyâ€™ve been inseparable ever since. Several months later, they christened themselves â€œDrug Rug,â€ a name which has made strangers laugh and parents cry.
The songs are inspired by the storytelling style of early folk musicians, comic books, campgrounds, funny hats, and the illustrations of Garth Williams.
Drug Rug’s S/T debut record, melted hearts and ears, and earned them rave reviews and comparisons to some of rock’s greatest duos.
“Paint the Fence Invisible” is certain to keep these trends going.
While running the stylistic gamut, from the country duets of Ken and Dolly to the Pet Sound’s harmonies of Brian Wilson, Drug Rug still stays true to their rock n’ roll roots including The Velvet Underground and The Byrds.
“Paint The Fence Invisible” displays Tommy & Sarah’s growth as true artists.
After touring with both Fiery Furnaces and Dr. Dog, the band’s honed musicianship and lush vocals were laid down on tape with the help of Carter Tanton (Tulsa), Julian Cassanetti & Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine).
The album was recorded primarily in a haunted house located in the Catskill mountains of New York and their hi-fi approach to lo-fi aesthetics were effectively crafted.
The result is a different and memorable record by a rock-duo who make their own rules.
The magic captured feels both timely and timeless… sometimes at the same time.
They believe in the imminent end of the world and will destroy each other with love before the apocalypse.