Toronto glam-electro-pop star Diamond Rings, AKA John O’ Regan, admits the cover for his sophomore album, Free Dimensional, features him looking more than a little like ‘80s computer generated talk show host Max Headroom.
“It was almost entirely unintentional,”said O’ Regan to QMI Agency in Toronto recently before his cross-Canada club tour begins on Friday (Nov. 16).
“We were definitely going for the Grace Jones, (German New Wave star) Klaus Nomi kind of touchstones with the look. For sure, (Jones) has something really unique, really powerful, really distinct, also really unisexual, or pansexual, about her appearance that I think is really striking. The thing I strive for as an artist is to sort of try and be or encompass all things at once. It’s a challenge.”
Turns out the Free Dimensional cover photo was taking while shooting the video for the album’s lead single, I’m just Me, which Diamond Rings recently performed on Letterman and Leno in the last couple of weeks.
“This just happened to be the one that was great,” said O’ Regan. “There’s a ton of others. There’s like hundreds of photos of me looking in different directions, and the laser’s different colours, and just the pattern. But yeah, there’s that one image of Max Headroom that it just (looks) like bang on, identical to almost. And that’s part of art. It’s about having a vision, but also being open to accepting those things that just kind of happen sort of magically, almost as if by coincidence, but are almost too freaky to be coincidental.”
Diamond Rings’ Canadian Tour Dates
11/16 – Victoria, BC – Club9one9 Nightclub
11/17 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
11/20 – Calgary, AB – HiFi Club
11/21 – Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
11/22 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
11/23 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
11/28 – London, ON – Call The Office
11/29 – Toronto, ON – Virgin Mobile Mod Club
11/30 – Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood
12/1 – Waterloo, ON – Starlight Room
12/6 – Montreal, QC – Sala Rossa
12/7 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual