Ringo Deathstarr – 'Mauve' Released Monday 24 September, 2012
Texan shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr release their new album ‘Mauve’ today through Club AC30. Wax fans can pick up a limited run on Lilac coloured vinyl! Those that pledged for the album to be made (via Pledge Music) received a digital copy on September 12 including Japanese bonus tracks, a pledge bonus track called ‘Lose’ and the remixes ‘Shadow (Ian Crause Remix)’ and ‘So High (CMJK Remix)’. ‘Mauve’ follows the release of the ‘Rip’ single and last year’s ‘Shadow’ EP. And put simply, if you are a fan of anything Ringo Deathstarr has done before, ‘Mauve’ won’t let you down.
Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Drain’
The opening section of the album dishes out waves of chronic distortion, uncomplicated vocal hooks, machine gun drums and yes, lots of lovely warm reverb! The angular rocker ‘Drain’ is an early highlight, complete with buzzsaw guitar breaks. It’s a killer tune, running at just over two minutes. On the following track ‘Slack’, Elliott takes over the mic for lead vocal duties. It’s a straight forward, no nonsense punk rock tune. Great stuff! Dare I say similar to early My Bloody Valentine?
Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Slack’
‘Brightest Star’ then diverts from the shoegazing chaos into dream pop territory. Followed by the hypnotic and spacious ‘Drag’. The remainder of the record is filled with solid shoegaze that eventually hits the volume limit, breaking into an audible blur on the closer ‘Wave’. The production is solid throughout without sounding over produced or polished, however the vocals could have been set lower in the mix. For example, the frantic energy of ‘Burn’ is partly overshadowed by droney backing vocals, I want to hear those crazy guitar tones at the fore! Clearly Alex’s vocal takes won the heart of the engineer’s fader finger. Not that its a bad thing.
Ringo Deathstarr – ‘I Knew You Would’ (Japanese Bonus Track)
There’s a spontaneity to these songs that only comes from, well, being spontaneous I guess!? Something that comes easy for a band that’s delivered two albums and ep’s in little more than two years. ‘Mauve’ is one of the strongest rock albums to cross my ears in 2012. Take a listen.
5. Brightest Star
8. Girls We Know
9. Nap Time
11. Do You Wanna?
12. Please Don’t Kill Yourself
14. I Knew You Would (Japanese Bonus Track)
15. Sasazuka Station (Japanese Bonus Track)
16. Kiss Me If You Want It (Japanese Bonus Track)
Ringo Deathstarr Tour Dates
2012-09-26 Salt Lake City, UT – Bar Deluxe
2012-09-27 Denver, CO – Lions Lair
2012-09-29 Lawrence, KS – The Jackpot
2012-09-30 Fayetteville, AR – Lightbulb Club
2012-10-01 Norman, OK – Oklahoma University
2012-10-04 St. Paul, MN – The Turf Club
2012-10-05 Milwaukee, WI – Riverwest Public House
2012-10-06 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
2012-10-07 St Louis, MO – Plush
2012-10-09 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop Bar
2012-10-10 Dayton, OH – South Park Tavern
2012-10-11 Grandville, MI – Corner Records
2012-10-12 Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge
2012-10-13 Toronto , ON – The Garrison
2012-10-14 Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood
2012-10-17 Rochester, NY – The Bug Jar
2012-10-18 Northampton, MA – The Flywheel
2012-10-21 Brooklyn , NY – Shea Stadium
2012-10-22 New York, NY – The Cakeshop
2012-10-23 College Park, MD – WMUC
2012-10-24 Philadelphia, PA – Pi Lam