Drug Rug – Paint The Fence Invisible

July 30, 2009

drugrugFor the first four tracks, Cambridge based band Drug Rug sound strikingly as if Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac had gone back in time and formed a psychedelic folk band with echoes of the Mamas and the Papas; later, they sound like Melanie trying her hand at the psychedelic folk thing. I don’t mean that in any way as a criticism because Drug Rug’s second album, Paint The Fence Invisible, is one of the most pleasing collection of songs I’ve heard all year. There’s such a bittersweet, earnest vibe to the whole enterprise that I bought into it pretty much immediately. I love the harmonies, the inventive arrangements that begin with an acoustic guitar foundation and are layered upon with various psychedelic and pop touches, and I love the savvy blend of folk, blues, rock and pop. It’s a groovy psychedelic pop pleasure from start to finish, and I highly recommend it. Standout cuts: “Haunting You,” “Never Tell,” “Hannah Please” and “Don’t Be Frightened Of The Devil.”



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