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Austin’s biggest Shoegaze export Ringo Deathstarr are currently working on a new, as yet untitled album, to be released in 2012. This comes after their brilliant full length debut ‘Colour Trip‘, released in February this year. In fact, Ringo Deathstarr fans have been well fed as their early material was recently re-released on the ‘Sparkler’ EP. Plus the trio recorded the cover tune ‘Dear Future‘ for a Japanese anime show.

Ringo Deathstarr – Shadow EP out on Club AC30

Now we’re lucky to have the ‘Shadow’ EP on the horizon, featuring four new tunes to be released through Club AC30 on November 7. Initially I thought it was a little odd for Ringo Deathstarr to release another EP with a new album on the way. Especially given their freshly announced touring commitment supporting The Smashing Pumpkins on their European tour (dates below). But after hearing the EP (which premiered via Nylon Magazine) it all makes sense. ‘Shadow’ isn’t the super catchy, pop-leaning single you’d expect. It’s a dark monster of a tune that creeps up on you and throws a crazy rock tantrum!

Ringo Deathstarr teamed up with Jason Reece (of …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead fame) for ‘Shadow’. The drummer and co-frontman lends his screams to the latter half of the track while singer/bass player Alex Gehring sings the sweeter parts. The strength of ‘Shadow’ comes from this contrast, Jason’s vocals add a raw rock abrasiveness to Ringo Deathstarr’s sound we haven’t heard til now.

Alex recently told Drowned In Sound that ‘Shadow’ is a stand out for her, “‘Shadow’ is possibly my favourite song out of everything we’ve done. We recorded it as a basic track where Elliott (Frazer) was just shouting, yelling and singing at various parts with scratch guitaring over the top, and he asked me what I thought of his vocal melodies which he’d labelled “Jason Reece vocals” and we kind of agreed that it did have a similar vibe. Then, almost a week later we were actually on tour with …Trail Of Dead and Elliott was like, “Shall I ask Jason if he’ll sing on the track?” and so he did and Jason was only too pleased to sing on it. Since both bands are based in Austin, it meant we could set up a studio and lay the vocal parts down pretty easily. I’d love to collaborate with them again. It was really fun, and kind of adds spice to our music.”

Club AC30 will also release a number of ‘Shadow’ remixes by the likes of Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai and Tim Burgess of the Charlatans. Fans that snap up the very limited 10″ vinyl will get a download card to access the remixes. Did I mention the vinyl is cherry blossom scented? This is sure to please Ringo Deathstarr’s Japanese fanbase!

Ringo Deathstarr European Tour Dates (w/ The Smashing Pumpkins)

2 Sweden Stockholm Annexet
4 Norway Oslo Spectrum
5 Denmark Copenhagen The Grey Hall
7 Belgium Brussels Forrest National
8 Holland Amsterdam HMH
9 France Paris Zenith
11 Manchester Apollo
13 Glasgow Academy
14 Newcastle Academy
15 London Brixton Academy
16 London Brixton Academy
18 Sheffield Academy
19 Birmingham Academy
21 Germany Bremen Pier 2
23 Germany Berlin Tempodrom
24 Germany Koln Palladium
25 Germany Offenbach Stadhalle
27 Germany Munich Zenith
29 Italy Padova Palafabris

1 Austria Vienna Gasometer
2 Switzerland Zurich Komplex
3 Belgium Luxembourg Rockhal
6 Spain Barcelona Razzmatazz
7 Spain Madrid La Riveria
8 Portugal Lisbon Campo Pequeno

Pre-order Ringo Deathstarr’s ‘Shadow’ EP via Club AC30 here! Or connect with Ringo Deathstarr @ Facebook.