Let me tell you a story about the first time I saw Diamond Rings. It was a day party in the middle of SXSW, meaning everyone there was hungover. The show was in some abandoned field. It was unseasonably hot, and there was approximately 6 square feet of shade. If I was supposed to perform, I probably would have just stood in the corner of the stage and grumpily plowed my way through the set.
But I am not John O’Regan, aka Diamond Rings. He ignored all the not-so-awesome aspects of his set-up and performed like he was playing a sold-out show. And for that reason, I will always have love for Diamond Rings.
He has a new album coming out this fall via Astralwerks. It was co-produced by Damian Taylor, who’s worked with Björk and Robyn, so you know you’re in for something good. There’s no date for the release yet, but you can get a taste of it from the first single, “I’m Just Me.” The video features a killer mixture of lasers, voguing, and killer fashion:
Watch for: the neon nail polish at 3:02 that you wish you could pull off in real life.