Technicolor Teeth – ‘Tomb’

TECHNICOLOR TEETH - 'CAN YOU KEEP ME OUT OF HELL'

Technicolor Teeth fans can pick up the forthcoming compilation ‘Can You Keep Me Out Of Hell’ at shows from March 4. Only on cassette (at this stage) via Accidental Guest Recordings, but you can stream a few songs here. The eleven track release includes a woozy gem called ‘Tomb’ (via Adhoc) – see tour dates.

 
Technicolor Teeth – ‘Tomb’

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Gum – ‘Growin’ Up’

GUM - 'GROWIN' UP'

Jay Watson (of Tame Impala / Pond) unveiled another single late last year called ‘Growin’ Up’ (free download). Working under the moniker Gum, Jay has teamed up with Spinning Top Music for his debut solo album ‘Delorean Highway’. A release date is yet to be announced but I’m hoping there’s more psych pop adventures like ‘Grownin’ Up’ just around the corner.

 
Gum – ‘Growin’ Up’

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Cheatahs – ‘Fall And Get Tight (Live At Dropout)’

CHEATAHS - 'CHEATAHS'

Just in case you needed reminding that Cheatahs debut self-titled album is imminent, the British shoegazers posted these live videos of ‘Fall’ and ‘Get Tight’. They were filmed at Dropout Studios in Camberwell, London, where the four piece tracked the album. Expect two more live videos, presumably the singles ‘Kenworth’ and ‘Cut The Grass’. The album is due February 10 (UK) and February 11 (USA) via Wichita Recordings.

 
Cheatahs – ‘Fall & Get Tight (Live At Dropout)’ [VIDEO]

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Surf Club – ‘Until Then’

SURF CLUB - 'UNTIL THEN'

French label Beko will release the beautiful new single from Surf Club. The Californians have taken a step from their new wave past into dream pop territory. The result speaks for itself, fantastic tune. Check out the Frankie Soto interview over at Impose for more.

 
Surf Club – ‘Until Then’

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Nothing – ‘Bent Nail’

NOTHING - 'GUILTY OF EVERYTHING'

Fader have premiered the second single ‘Bent Nail’ from Nothing‘s forthcoming debut album ‘Guilty Of Everything‘. The Philly rock act have delivered a heavy fuzz fest once again. The tail end of this tune is particularly interesting, it drops to half time and hits you with an unexpected stretch of harmonic prettiness! Hmm… not sure that sentence works but hit play and you’ll see what I mean. Grab the record on March 4 (USA), March 3 (UK/World), Feb 28 (Germany / Benelux / Finland).

 
Nothing – ‘Bent Nail’

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Youngteam – ‘Fading Into Night’

YOUNGTEAM - 'FADING INTO NIGHT'

Youngteam‘s debut album ‘Daydreamer’ was amongst my favourite records of 2011, so the recent news of a follow up is very welcome! Northern Star Records will deliver their second LP ‘Fading Into Night’ this March featuring the new title track below (free download). On first listen, the Swedish shoegaze outfit are sounding much darker. I suppose the album titles can be taken literally (day/night) as there’s some tortured, stormy sounds on their latest. Looking forward to hearing how the rest of the album unfolds (pre-order).

 
Youngteam – ‘Fading Into Night’

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Lunaire – ‘Dreams And Inbetweens’

LUNAIRE - 'DREAMS AND INBETWEENS'

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’

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The Tower Of Light – ‘Lightnet’

THE TOWER OF LIGHT - 'THE TOWER OF LIGHT'

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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Ringo Deathstarr On ‘Gods Dream’

RINGO DEATHSTARR INTERVIEW

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.

RINGO DEATHSTARR INTERVIEW

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!

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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 ***

MARCH

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

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Invisible Days – ‘So Let It Be’

INVSIBLE DAYS - 'INVISIBLE DAYS' EP

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’

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