Diamond Rings, the glam-pop moniker of Toronto-based songwriter John O'Regan,
will release his debut full-length, Special Affections, on October 26 via
Secret City Records. After priming the internet hype-pump with a series of
hook-heavy and highly danceable singles (with accompanying glittered-out
videos), Diamond Rings headed into the studio and recorded an album that
supposedly jumps from club-ready rave-ups to space-rock bangers and syrupy
"I try not to worry about fitting into a certain genre or style so much as I
want to create my own world and follow my creative impulses fearlessly,"
O'Regan tells CMJ via e-mail. "There are so many sides of my personality that
I feel haven't been adequately expressed, and I'm really excited to have been
given the time and space of a full album to let it all hang out."
Diamond Rings will play a series of North American shows in August, including
a stop at the Pop Montreal Festival on September 30. If Diamond Rings?videos
are any indication, the live shows should be wild affairs; expect purple eye
shadow and heavily synchronized dancing.
"Each and every night my main goal as a performer is to lift the blinds and
let my audience peek through the window into my own world," says O'Regan. "I
really hope that people come out expecting to make a real connection with
what I'm doing and use the experience to make positive changes in their own