Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Grandfeathered’

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‘Grandfeathered’, the latest album from Pinkshinyultrablast is now officially in our hands (thanks to Club AC30). The Russian quintet follow up ‘Everything Else Matters’ with a pummeling collection of densely layered dream pop, wall of sound shoegaze and post rock crescendos. The ethereal onslaught pushes to the brink! The ambitious compositions are full of right angles and unexpected break-downs that keep it from getting bogged down in its own mass. ‘Grandfeathered’ delivers the same fanfare that made Pinkshiny’s debut so memorable, only this time round it’s a harder and heavier beast!

 
Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Grandfeathered’ [Album Stream / Youtube]

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Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘The Cherry Pit’ [Video]

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Saint-Petersburg’s Pinkshinyultrablast give us their latest LP ‘Grandfeathered’ on February 26 via Club AC30! It’s a swift follow-up to last year’s stellar debut album, and may even top that effort. I’ve just had a first listen to the record and it’s full of massive tunes; epic, bold and very LOUD. You may have heard Pinkshiny’s single ‘The Cherry Pit’ before… but now you can see it…

 
Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘The Cherry Pit’ [Video]

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Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘The Cherry Pit’

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Pinkshinyultrablast deliver their epic new single ‘The Cherry Pit’ which contrasts crushing walls of sound with ethereal dream pop. The Russian quintet are sounding as epic and explosive as ever. The ‘Cherry Pit’ follows the lead single ‘Kiddy Pool Dreams’, both taken from their sophomore album ‘Grandfeathered’ (out via Club AC30 on February 26). The new album is expected to be far more diverse and experimental than their debut. Singer Lyubov noted that “hardcore, metal and afrobeat” were influences. I’m not sure what’s around the corner for the Pinkshiny’s but I imagine it’ll be an exciting record either way.

 
Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘The Cherry Pit’

Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Holy Forest (Waldeinsamkeit Remix)’ by Mahogany

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Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Pure Mood’

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Shoegaze faves Ringo Deathstarr return with their latest full length ‘Pure Mood’ (available through Club AC30 [UK] or Norman Records [UK], The Reverberation Appreciation Society [USA], and Vinyl Junkie [Japan]). The Texan trio always provide a rush of energy, melody and noise. The first public songs ‘Big Bopper’, ‘Guilt’ and ‘Stare At The Sun’ are worth the price of admission alone. In lieu of a public album stream, there’s also a non-album track to sink your teeth into; a cover of T’Pnau’s ‘Heart And Soul’. So, is ‘Pure Mood’ another must listen? Let’s dig in…

There’s plenty of “rock god” moments on this album, there’s more riff-centric guitar work (‘Heavy Metal Suicide’ for example), than we’ve heard from them before. Plus there’s several cutting guitar solos that are super entertaining (‘Frisbee’), these work a treat to break up the chaos. Production wise there’s multi-layered everything, a crushing wall of rock goodness! The vocals sit high in the mix, so there’s no straining to make them out. However there’s so many compressed layers it has a similar, obscuring effect. That said, the shoegaze label isn’t very accurate here. There’s not a whole lot of reverb, swooning or wallowing going on! Instead, we’ve got a full frontal noise pop explosion. ‘Never’ for instance, is an absolute punk rock pummelling!

On the critical side, some of the album cuts lack the songwriting sharpness we’ve come to expect. The aforementioned singles have a depth and impact that’s not evenly spread. The party really kicks off at track five (‘Big Bopper’) and then there’s no looking back. Despite this, the creative trajectory that ‘God’s Dream’ started continues with ‘Pure Mood’, only this time we’re hearing some other strengths. We’re hearing legit musicianship, some serious technical chops! I’m not suggesting this wasn’t always the case, but on this album we can really hear it. Touring has been kind, it’s turned Ringo Deathstarr into serious shredders! \m/ Just listening to those bass lines makes my hands hurt.

‘Frisbee’ and ‘Never’ are faves, but the closing song ‘Acid Tongue’ is my favorite. It’s a devastating rocker, ‘Acid Tongue’ slays! Thing is, for much of ‘Pure Mood’ we’re in awe of Alex’s sugary vocal melodies but on the closer, it’s Elliott’s time to shine. He takes over the lead vocal duties, sets his guitar to “seek and destroy”, and opts for a metaphorical headbutt to finish it off. “Thanks for coming… now cop this!” The song sums up what ‘Pure Mood’ is all about, dense rockers that don’t mess about. It’s not a “perfect” album, there’s peaks and valleys (so to speak), but there’s few bands this fun. Meanwhile, there’s a freighter carrying my vinyl copy across the Atlantic and I wish it would get a move on!

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Ringo Deathstarr - 'Pure Mood'
SONGWRITING
SOUND & PRODUCTION
REVERB RATING
PRO'S
  • Explosive noise pop!
  • 'Guilt' and 'Acid Tongue' are brilliant
  • Lots of fun
CON'S
  • Less cohesive than previous efforts
  • Opening lacks punch
3.8Overall Score
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Air Formation – ‘ The Wasted Days’

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Air Formation have shared their first new music since reforming in 2014, take a listen to ‘The Wasted Days’. The Brighton shoegaze vets are set to deliver a four track EP called ‘Were We Ever Here’ via Club AC30 on September 25. The quintet have rejuvenated themselves since their 2011 split, stating that the EP “showcases the best of Air Formation, but then takes it on a different path to any of the music that has come before.” ‘The Wasted Days’ is a relentless wall of sound, backed by delicate melodies that build into an apocalyptic instrumental break… huge tune!

 
Air Formation – ‘ The Wasted Days’

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Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Kiddy Pool Dreams’

We knew it was coming but had no idea it would sound like this! Pinkshinyultrablast have posted their latest single ‘Kiddy Pool Dreams’ (available October 2 via Club AC30). The Saint-Petersburg five piece have come out swinging with a unique combination of dream pop and math rock, frenetic and totally unpredictable. Lyubov’s dreamy vocals take centre stage before being blasted into the background by angular guitars and an ambitious arrangement that spans six minutes. Pinkshinyultrablast aren’t afraid to shoot for the stars, and that’s why we love ’em! It’ll be interesting to see how this intensity plays out over their next full length. Pick up the frosted vinyl here.

 
Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Kiddy Pool Dreams’

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