Posts Tagged ‘matt dampier’

The Rugs return, with a new (old) member

August 24, 2009

rugs_promoIt’s not often that The Rugs get to play a show these days, what with lead singer Matt Dampier living in Kansas City and all, but the band has been able to put together a show this Saturday (August 29) at Lindberg’s together with Pilot Whale, The Tall Dark & Handsomes and Matthew Darkly, Dampier’s other Moodring Records music project. Good news, certainly, and worthy of mention, albeit perhaps not on its own, but there’s an added detail that changes that: According to guitarist Eric SchuchmannDonnie Thompson, The Rugs’ original drummer, is back in the lineup and will be playing the Lindberg’s show. Thompson, probably best known for his work on guitar with The Morells, The Skeletons and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, bowed out of The Rugs a couple of years ago and was replaced by Brian Azevedo. To our knowledge, it’s the first time the group’s original lineup has performed together in more than two years. Now the question becomes: Permanent change or one-show-only switchover?

Matthew Darkly breaks free of the studio. Shows coming in June.

April 30, 2009

md-brokendownorgansUntil now, Moodring Records artist Matthew Darkly was an on-record-only group, releasing a slew of demos that you can listen to or download on the Moodring Records site. However, in recent months Rugs singer Matt Dampier–the brains behind Matthew Darkly–has worked closely with Rugs guitarist/co-songwriter/Moodring honcho Eric Schuchmann to both record a full-length album and prepare the Matthew Darkly project for live performance. The time has come to take the group out of the studio, and we’ll tell you where and when you can finally see it after the break.


Moodring Update: Matthew Darkly full-length in the works

March 3, 2009

Enough demos, they say. After months of periodic teasing with a few songs here and there, Moodring Records honcho Eric Schuchmann says a full-length Matthew Darkly CD is now underway. Matthew Darkly, the alter ego of Rugs singer Matt Dampier, will get a live-band treatment, albeit in stripped-down form–just Dampier and Schuchmann–and more extended recording time, but don’t expect a long wait. The album should be finished and available when the two start playing shows as Matthew Darkly this June.

The Rugs to begin recording new album in August

February 26, 2009

Schuchmann (left) and Dampier (right)

We recently received word from Eric Schuchmann, guitarist and co-songwriter for The Rugs, that the group will finally head back into the studio in August to begin recording a new album. Why August? Schuchmann says the band wants to wait until after singer Matt Dampier’s wedding, which is certainly noble reasoning. There’s no official word yet on a release date, but given schedule differences, distance (singer Dampier lives in Kansas City, while the rest of the group is in Springfield) and the group’s it’s-done-when-we’re-happy-with-it nature, we wouldn’t expect a pressed copy before late 2009 or early ’10.

The band’s last release was the single “Magic 8 Ball,” released last November on Moodring Records. The last full album was 2008’s Vacuum.

Merry Christmas (a day late) from Moodring Records

December 26, 2008

Matt “Darkly” Dampier is one busy musician. Just in time for Christmas Black Friday Part Deux, the Moodring Records music machine returns with not one but two EPs for you to sink your teeth into: The sometimes-sweet, sometimes-rocking A Christmas Darkly, which includes another 2008 inductee into the Local Christmas Music Hall of Fame, “All I Want.” Then, before anyone decides to get all huggy over the previous album’s Christmas charms, the prince of Darkly-ness releases Suck Your Own Damn Blood, a power-pop-meets-glam-rock romp through the macabre. We’re a little giggly just thinking about it. As always, you’ll find both albums for streaming or download on the Moodring Records website.