Diamond Rings Announces New Project: Matters

posted April 5, 2011

Diamond Rings Announces New Project: Matters

Years before anyone with a YouTube account had ever heard of Toronto based musician John O'Regan and his electro-pop act Diamond Rings he comprised 25% of a rock band known as The D'Urbervilles. Alongside multi-instrumentalist Tim Bruton, bassist Kyle Donnelly, and drummer Greg Santilly, the band released one full-length album (We Are The Hunters) in March 2008. However, just minutes before the final show of their first tour in support of the record, O'Regan was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. The band was sidelined indefinitely while he underwent surgery and began a lengthy recovery process.

While convalescing, O'Regan released a series of limited edition singles and viral music videos under the moniker Diamond Rings that garnered praise Pitchfork, NME, and Rolling Stone. After touring for a year behind his debut album "Special Affections" and opening for acts like Robyn and La Roux, many predicted that The D'Urbervilles would eventually call it quits. However, contrary to popular opinion, the band has actually been holed up in their West Toronto jam space (which they share with perennial hardcore favorites Fucked Up) crafting a new sound and a new look to match.

Enter Matters, the latest incarnation of Toronto's most beloved rock band. Juxtaposing punishing guitar riffs and sleek synth leads with an airtight rhythm section and O'Regan's signature baritone, this is a band that quite literally defies categorization. Matters will release their debut single "Get In Or Get Out" on limited edition 7-inch vinyl (digital download included) via O'Regan's own Hype Lighter imprint on Tuesday, April 5.

Matters will also perform select shows in Toronto and surrounding areas with grunge rockers PS I Love You in early April. Their full-length album is being prepped for a fall 2011 release.


  • A. Get In Or Get Out
  • B. Wild Steps