Shy and confused, John O'Regan couldn't figure? out who he was, before a health scare forced him? to look inside. Now he's impossible to miss. John O'Regan's teenage years were typical, insofar as they sort of sucked. Growing up in Oshawa, Ontario, an automotive-industry city 30 miles northeast of Toronto, he didn't go to many parties or go on many dates, and his basketball teammates sometimes called him faggot. Quiet and introspective, in a place far more likely to embrace goalies than budding glamsters, he wasn't sure how to start becoming himself. Today the 26-year-old force behind the irresistibly catchy, visually striking synth-pop project Diamond Rings has no such problems. It's early summer and we're on a Lake Ontario beach, not far from O'Regan's Toronto apartment. Naked toddlers are frolicking in the sand.