Deer Tick fans should unsurprisingly be quite excited. There are enough similarities to ‘Divine Providence’ here: a volatile mix of pent-up debauchery runs through ‘Diamond Rugs’ like a can of special brew spilling down a sewage drain. ‘Gimme A Beer’ is brimming with attitude, a big middle finger stuck out at the rich and glamorous. Here, McCauley mocks flash cars, well-trimmed barnets and expensive clothes before snidely yelling: “Who cares? / Gimme a BEEEEEEEEER!” The antics continue throughout the next 12 tracks. The fuzzy stop of ‘Tell Me Why’ is a wry tale of lustful and romantic revenge (“I got sweeter things in my mouth / I swallow them and then I shit them out.”). Like Phil from ‘Wayne’s World’, McCauley has his limits and gets all partied out on the Chuck Berry-esque ‘Hungover and Horny’ (“Last night I went looking for fun / I took it just a little too far”).
There’s no doubt Diamond Rugs had a blast whilst recording this album. When compared to each members’ regular output, there’s not a lot to take seriously here. That’s quite all right though. After all, these are just regular guys having a good old laugh.