August 14th, 2009
Written by Turhan Cayalk
Photographed by Susan Gurevich
Sarah Cronin of Drug Rug
After seeing Animal
Collective earlier in the evening in Prospect Park,
Brooklyn, I finally trained it over to Mercury Lounge
to catch Drug Rug, a band from Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I thought I was going to be very late, but, in fact,
I was early enough to catch the last five songs
of Ezra Furman and the Harpoons. These guys were
fantastic. I didn’t take any notes on the
quintet rockers but I remember enjoying their sound.
Even the yellow rain coat donned by Ezra Furman
was eye-catching as the group’s front man.
I’ll catch these guys next time.
Thomas Allen of Drug Rug
After the Harpoons broke I just chilled out with
my friend Chris. We had eaten two prodigious diner
kebab platters from Bereket, which is a popular
Turkish fast food place right around the corner.
I recommend it highly since it’s scrumptious,
it’s fast, and I’m Turkish, myself.
Sarah Cronin and Thomas
Allen of Drug Rug
Sarah Cronin, Drug Rug’s adorable lead singer
and rhythm guitarist, began the set with "Paint
the Fence." I later gathered it’s actually
the title of their latest album which I encourage
anyone who vibes with down home, bluesy rock n’
roll to buy.
The song started off sleepily and I thought that
was going to be the pace of the rest of their set,
however, I was wrong. "Paint the Fence"
rocked me into listening with my soul rather than
using my judgment and taking the time to write down
any notes. In fact, I didn’t write any notes
until their 8th or 9th song entitled "Coffee."
If you like storytelling in a tune and are a fan
of Van Morrison, "Coffee" is dramatic
enough to make you think it’s an underscore
of an upcoming shootout in an old Hollywood western.
This is where Ms. Cronin shined as a singer. With
her short, pink, polka-dotted skirt and hair-sprayed
mane, Sarah Cronin has the talent to rock the vocals
like a young Lita Ford, but dresses like a high
school junior. I, personally found it to work though
Sarah may not know it yet.
What followed next was "Passes." Although
strong, "Rest of your Life," was explosive.
This is the kind of song they need a video for-
if they don’t have one already. At this point,
Cronin’s voice was reminiscent of Janis Joplin.
"Day I Die" was the show’s closer.
It’s a chill, feel-good, chicken and beer,
outdoor jam which I’m sure would do better
at Prospect Park.
Drug Rug was fun to watch. The bassist and drummer
sported dark shades during the entire set evoking
the spirit of The Blues Brothers. Ms. Cronin and
the lead guitarist switched parts during a couple
of songs. Ms. Cronin even rocked the drums at one
point which I found to be a sexy high note for the
night. I’ll definitely catch these guys on
the flip-side. Good going, D