Melbourne’s Lunaire have released their new album ‘Dreams And Inbetweens‘ and it’s tough to know what song to pick for this post. There’s a lot of different colours on the record, ‘I Couldn’t Leave You Alone’ is an airy tangent amongst some progressive songs. Lunaire range somewhere between post rock, dream pop and shoegaze but are confident enough not to pigeon hole themselves into a corner. It’s a well polished collection – check out the rest here.
Lunaire – ‘I Couldn’t Leave You Alone’
On February 4 The Tower Of Light gives us his debut self-titled album and by the strength of ‘Lightnet’, it could be very special. The producer works alone from his Brooklyn bedroom and I’d say he rarely opens the curtains! Grab a free download or pre-order at Felte Sounds.
The Tower Of Light – ‘Lightnet’
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Austin trio Ringo Deathstarr are in the midst of delivering their latest mini album ‘Gods Dream’. It follows two studio records and the numerous EPs they’ve produced since forming in 2005. Much loved for their high powered fuzz and ultra catchy noise pop, ‘Gods Dream’ is one of their most inventive works to date. I threw some questions at founder Elliott Frazier this week before Ringo Deathstarr head off on tour…
How did the ‘Gods Dream’ EP all come together? Was it a collaborative song writing process or did you individually pen the tracks?
We started working separately, then we had like 5 or six songs and a lot of ideas, went into the studio and had 16 songs 3 days later. We didn’t know what to expect, but we decided to save some songs for later and just hurry up and put out some now!
Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Flower Power’
Lead single ‘Flower Power’ is one of the most explosive Ringo Deathstarr tunes yet. How did you approach the arrangement? There’s blistering guitars up against a dreamy mid section, how much work goes into fitting those changes into a 4 minute song?
Well, they were just two different song ideas, and I took inspiration from Brian Wilson’s methods on ‘Smile’, by just recording sections of songs and putting them together later. We did that with maybe 3 more songs during the session. So anyway, I came up with the fast bit and Alex came up with the slow bit, and I had listened to ‘Some Velvet Morning’ and just thought they should go together.
Do you write new songs with a view to how they will be received on tour?
No, just tried to write something a little weirder. We had a lot of inspiration from classic rock sounds on this one.
Any idea why Japan is so in love with Ringo Deathstarr? I believe you’ve even had a song used for the Japanese anime show ‘Mawaru Penguindrum’?
No idea, but we are thankful that we get to go back for a 7th time!
How did you find using crowd funding for your last LP ‘Mauve’? Will you be using Pledge Music or similar in the future?
Well, it was the only way we were gonna get a record out….now we don’t need to use that way again.
What are you listening to at the moment – any hot tips for SBWR readers?
My ear is only to the local music in Austin at the moment. We have great ones like Gal Pals, BLXPLTN, Znth, Holy Wave and 2.
What are your favorite bits of kit? Pedals, amps etc?
Univox Super Fuzz, Death By Audio Harmonic Transformer, Marshall Blues Breaker, Amp1.
What’s next for Ringo Deathstarr? Any final details of a February ‘Gods Dream’ release for the USA? And is there a new album already planned?
This will be coming out in the next week or so but we are going to have the vinyl at the gigs on our tour, and the official release will be a little later. Gotta make sure there are enuff to get to the stores in time for record store day and what not. But instead of some pre-order thing, you can just come to our gig and buy them all up. The ones at the gig will be coke bottle green, the ones for official release – who knows, maybe the color of George Hamilton’s face!
Ringo Deathstarr Tour Dates…
FEBRUARY (***with PURPLE)
13th – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas***
14th – Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s ***
15th – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls ***
17th – Tucson, AZ @ Plush ***
18th – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room ***
19th – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar ***
20th – Los Angeles, CA @ The Church on York ***
21st – San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah ***
22nd – Portland, OR @ Ash St. Saloon ***
23rd – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon ***
25th – Denver, CO @ High Dive ***
26th – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge ***
27th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry ***
28th – Duluth, MN @ Pizza Luce ***
1st – Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet ***
2nd – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen ***
3rd – Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar ***
4th – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge ***
5th – New Haven, CT @ BAR ***
6th – Boston/Allston, MA @ Great Scott ***
7th – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie ***
8th – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery ***
11th – Beaumont, TX @ The Gig ***
12th – 16th SXSW @ Austin TX
20th – Nagoya, Japan @ Tight Rope
21st – Osaka, Japan @ Knave
22nd – Kofu, Japan @ Bodega East
23rd – Sapporo, Japan @ Spiritual Lounge
25th – Yokohama, Japan @ Galaxy
26th – Tokyo, Japan @ Tsutaya O-Nest
Visit Ringo Deathstarr online @ Vinyl Junkie Recordings @ Facebook.
New York trio Invisible Days blend raw indie rock and shoegaze on their forthcoming debut EP, available January 28 via Manimal Vinyl. Since forming in 2009 the band have delivered a pair of singles and played plenty of shows to Brooklyn locals! Check out the EP opener below or stream at Fader.
Invisible Days – ‘So Let It Be’
Visit Invisible Days online @ Manimal Vinyl @ Facebook.
If you can’t decide whether you prefer experimental, post rock or shoegaze, perhaps Conheartist is your answer! The Californian duo are set to release a diverse EP called ‘Surrounded By Drones’ on Sun Terrace Records (pre-order). Stream the rest right here!
Conheartist – ‘Rainbow Bridge’
Visit Conheartist @ Bandcamp @ Sun Terrace Records @ Facebook.
Static Daydream is the work of Paul Baker, a former member of Ceremony (with John Fedowitz) until his departure in late 2012. The project also features the vocals of Paul’s partner Jamie Casey. Over the past month Static Daydream has posted some ear ripping tunes on Bandcamp and Soundcloud. Case in point – this huge track called ‘Control’ (download).
Static Daydream – ‘Control’
Visit Static Daydream @ Soundcloud @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.
Exciting news from the Sonic Masala camp, the Australian blog has launched their own label, kicking it off with a brilliant single from Roku Music (free download). The Brisbane based shoegazers will release their new LP ‘Collider’ (with this title track) on March 3 via Sonic Masala Records. The foursome formed last year, releasing the ‘Primitive‘ EP (with covers of MBV and Slowdive). Stand by for local tour dates planned for March / April.
Roku Music – ‘Collider’
French post rockers Alcest have well and truly left their metal days behind them with the release of their fourth album ‘Shelter‘ this week. Their abrasive past has made way for a gorgeous sounding album, full of swelling instrumentation and shimmering edges. Having Sigur Ros producer Birgir Jón Birgisson in tow must’ve made the journey to dizzying euphoria a little easier. Album cut ‘Away’ features guest vocalist Neil Halstead (of Slowdive / Black Hearted Brother). Another fine reason to jump straight into this LP!
Alcest Feat. Neil Halstead – ‘Away’
Visit Alcest @ Prophecy Productions @ Facebook.
‘Melt My Brain’ is the epic opener from Wavr‘s latest EP ‘Wilt‘ (available now). The Dallas shoegaze outfit sound like they’re playing in the next room but still manage to have an immediate impact on your eardrums. Stream the rest of the four track release at Bandcamp.
Wavr – ‘Melt My Brain’
The Stargazer Lilies have released a new video for ‘Del Rey Mar’ taken from the album ‘We Are The Dreamers’ (available through Graveface). The Savannah trio are about to hit the road with The Casket Girls for an extensive U.S. tour (see dates)!
The Stargazer Lilies – ‘Del Rey Mar’ [VIDEO]