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
Reader Rating: (22 Votes)

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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Flyying Colours – ‘Running Late’ [Video]

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British fans can catch Flyying Colours on tour this week with Pinkshinyultrablast! The quartet are set to deliver their new EP ‘Roygbiv’ next week via Club AC30 (UK) / Shelflife Records (USA). Take a peek at the newly released video for ‘Running Late’ below.

Flyying Colours – ‘Running Late’ [Video]

Flyying Colours – UK / EU Tour – May 2015
06 May – CARDIFF – Clwb Ifor Bach with Pinkshinyultrablast
07 May – BIRMINGHAM – The Temple with Pinkshinyultrablast
08 May – NOTTINGHAM – Lofthouse with Pinkshinyultrablast
09 May – LEICESTER – Scholar Bar with Pinkshinyultrablast
11 May – LONDON – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen with Pinkshinyultrablast
13 May – RAMSGATE – Music Hall with Pinkshinyultrablast
15 May – BRIGHTON – The Great Escape Festival – The Hope
22 May – PRAGUE – 007 Venue
23 May – HAMBURG – Molotiv

Visit Flyying Colours @ Club AC30 @ Shelflife Records @ Facebook.

Fever Dream – ‘Moyamoya’

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Fever Dream‘s debut LP ‘Moyamoya’ is out now via Club AC30. The London-based act serve up fuzz filled rockers, and frenetic noise pop with a post-punk edge (stream via Beat). The lead singles ‘Serotonin Hit’ and ‘Nightcrawling’ are loads of fun, with bold choruses, poppy vocals and wall of sound distortion. The trio (drummer Cat Loye, bassist Sarah Lippett and guitarist/vocalist Adey Fleet) have been making music together since 2010, releasing an EP in 2012 before writing their full length.

‘Moyamoya’ doesn’t settle for any one genre. Sure it’s a rock record, but it doesn’t attempt to fit in. This is not a purist experience, which is a positive because it doesn’t stick to a formula. There’s shades of noise pop/shoegaze in ‘Sleep TV’ and ‘Serotonin Hit’, a punk rock pace in ‘Flux’ and ‘Watch You Sleep’. But a catchy indie rock feel prevails, such as ‘They Live’, ‘Dance Forever’ and ‘Vapours’. The album sounds like it was written for the stage. ‘Moyamoya’ doesn’t rely on studio trickery or high gloss, it’s a band rockin’ out in a room. Simple, no fuss, rock n’ roll.

The two singles are definite highlights, the remaining album cuts are a little less tightly composed but could be compared to The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Yuck or early Crocodiles. In truth, the midsection laboured a little for me before ‘Sleep TV’ swept in. It’s a fantastic rocker with a natural feel, and a killer ending. ‘Flux’ and ‘Vapours’ round out the ten track album with relentless fashion, both songs are strong entries. Fever Dream find their feet on ‘Moyamoya’, and I imagine it will sound amazing on tour. A solid debut effort.

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Fever Dream - 'Moyamoya'
SONGWRITING
SOUND & PRODUCTION
REVERB RATING
PRO'S
  • High energy, fun noise pop
  • Diverse collection of styles
  • A solid debut
CON'S
  • Mid section loses steam
3.7Overall Score
Reader Rating: (11 Votes)

Flyying Colours – ‘Running Late’

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 have premiered the latest tune from Flyying Colours, the super catchy ‘Running Late’. The Melbourne-based foursome have also announced their next EP ‘ROYGBIV’ (out May 12). ‘Running Late’ is held up by sugary guy/girl vocals and despite the lyrics, it’s one of their happiest sounding songs to date! Pre-order the ‘ROYGBIV’ EP now via Club AC30 (UK) or Shelflife Records (USA). Shelflife are also taking pre-orders for ‘EPX2’ (a special CD release) which combines the new EP with their first one, details of that ten track album are here. British and European fans can catch Flyying Colours on tour with Pinkshinyultrablast next month (details below).

 
Flyying Colours – ‘Running Late’

Flyying Colours – UK / EU Tour – May 2015
06 May – CARDIFF – Clwb Ifor Bach with Pinkshinyultrablast
07 May – BIRMINGHAM – The Temple with Pinkshinyultrablast
08 May – NOTTINGHAM – Lofthouse with Pinkshinyultrablast
09 May – LEICESTER – Scholar Bar with Pinkshinyultrablast
11 May – LONDON – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen with Pinkshinyultrablast
13 May – RAMSGATE – Music Hall with Pinkshinyultrablast
15 May – BRIGHTON – The Great Escape Festival – The Hope
22 May – PRAGUE – 007 Venue
23 May – HAMBURG – Molotiv

Visit Flyying Colours @ Club AC30 @ Shelflife Records @ Facebook.