Under The Rug Meet and Greet Details
Purchasers of the Meet and Greet Add-On Receive
- Early entry to the venue for sound check
- Exclusive meet and greet with the band
- Picture with the band
- Signed merch item (TBD)
Note: Meet and Greet package is an add-on. Must purchase separate General Admission ticket to attend the show.
Austin, TX heart-on-sleeve indie/folk-rock band Under The Rug took leave from their mobile home and traveled across the U.S. to Los Angeles to record their third full-length album, Homesick For Another World, produced by Oak House Recording owner and David Fridmann understudy David Peters (Blake Mills, Empress Of).
Western Canadian Music Awards’ “Breakout Artist of the Year” Ariel Posen - described by Rolling Stone as, “A modern-day guitar hero” - contributes slide guitar to the record. Under the Rug have been featured at American Songwriter, Rolling Stone India, Atwood Magazine, Americana UK and even received a co-sign from The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle.
Lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Casey Dayan, guitarist Sean Campbell, and drummer Brendan McQueeney have taken a fanatical and steadfast approach to DIY marketing, which has helped grow the band’s audience exponentially since their 2019 debut album Pale King. With their sophomore LP Dear Adeline, the band has grossed over $100,000 within the first month of their CD campaign, and have received tens of thousands of comments from a fierce fanbase on social media, including 300 members at $20/month from their own home-brewed membership service, The Secret Hideout.
Under the Rug - possibly one of the hardest working indie bands out there right now - used the time afforded to them during lockdown to expand their musical horizons. Drummer Brendan McQueeney learned piano and Dayan took on mandolin. They also incorporated unusual percussion items from washboard to a ticking, antique watch to articulate the album’s heady themes.
“The pandemic was a big shift in terms of the musicianship and how seriously we took it” McQueeney says. “I think that’s reflected in the music. We found a pocket that makes sense for us. That comes from just doing a lot of looking in the mirror and being willing to push ourselves.”
Homesick For Another World is a meditation on alienation. It combats the grim realities of life and death and loneliness with levity and heartfulness, offering urgent lyrics in a playful manner that prioritize magical realism, surreal humor, and piercing insights on modern malaise.
Album opener “Turkey Vulture” kicks off with a wistful tremolo from plaintive mandolin and elegant, understated piano in unison with its soul-baring sentiment: “Something in my body’s breakin’ / Wake up pale and shaking / Nothing is ideal / But I am fine.”
The theme continues to churn on “Bolo Tie” with more gently articulated arpeggiation from mandolin, a larger-than-life chorus with cavernous drums, reverberated guitars, blissed-out bass fuzz, sparkling synths and felted piano melodies that beget the closing cruncher: “At my fingertips the things I need / The problem is I don’t know what I want.”