Canadian born John O’Regan, better known as the gender-bluring mastermind behind Diamond Rings, taught Hollywood a lesson in electronic glam-pop at Bardot’s Monday evening event, School Night, this week. He should know a thing or two about the subject, having studied Robyn as an opening act during her North American Body Talk tour.
Monday night’s show was the launching pad for Diamond Ring’s fall tour in support of the forthcoming album, Free Dimensional. As evidenced by a crowd sporting guy-liner, fitted blazers, and muscle-hugging v-neck t-shirts with a male/female ratio of about 4:1, Diamond Rings already has a devoted niche following in Los Angeles. John O emerged through this crowd to a reception of cheers, shaking hips clad in stark white but for his glimmering and studded lapel.
The opening number, “All The Time,” was an upbeat popper. An obvious lover of the stage, John O didn’t spend much time on it. Dancing through the crowd and alighting tables, he certainly isn’t afraid to join in on his own party. And though his dance style may be equal parts white-boy and dweeb, his candor and presence on stage is anything but awkward.
Announcing the second number, “Runaway Love,” he quipped, “This next song is a self-defense mechanism.” Slinging a guitar around his neck he explained, “Where I come from, if you dress like I do and you don’t have a few rock numbers up your sleeve, it’s not a good situation.” From that moment forward, the audience belonged to Diamond Rings.
As they barreled into the lead single off of Free Dimensional, “I’m Just Me,” the floor flooded into the VIP section. Devotees in skinny jeans, Bowie-era cling-ons, and even go-go girls emulated the trying-to-escape-an-invisable-bag dance style of John O. The atmosphere was one of glam-fueled euphoria that, like any good thing, was over too soon.
After only the 4th number, John O announced that “Day & Night” would be their 5th and final. Diamond Ring’s School Night appearance was a mere taste, a preamble to a North American fall tour that has them appearing in Los Angeles once again on October 18 at the Mayan Theatre. For tickets and information, be sure to visit Diamond Ring’s official website, and look for the sophomore album, Free Dimensional, available on October 23.
Diamond Rings Tour Dates:
08/17 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
08/18 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Biltmore Cabaret
09/20 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall *
09/21 – Boston, MA – Paradise *
09/22 – New York, NY – Webster Hall *
09/23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
09/25 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre *
09/26 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *
09/27 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite *
09/28 – Atlanta, GA – The Variety *
09/29 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge *
10/02 – Louisville, KY – Headliners *
10/03 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theatre *
10/04 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe *
10/05 – St. Louis, MO – Plush *
10/06 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note *
10/09 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck *
10/10 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s *
10/11 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Room *
10/13 – Dallas, TX – Granada *
10/17 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues *
10/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan *
10/19 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre *
10/20 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore *
11/03 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
* w/ Stars