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)

Introducing Kigo…

Earlier in the month Brisbane’s Kigo posted ‘Guilt‘ online and we immediately lapped it up. At that stage the EP wasn’t available but now it is – download here. These bold and colourful shoegazing sounds were recorded over the past few weeks, by one man at home. With plans for an album and expanding into a live show, there’s plenty to look forward to. This is one of the more exciting new acts to grace my ears in recent times. To find out more, I put some questions to Kigo…

 
Kigo – ‘Now You Know’


 
How did the EP come together?

I am really happy with how quickly it came together. I recorded the songs myself at home. I don’t own much, or if any recording gear, so I basically recorded it straight into my laptop. Three of the songs were recorded in the last week.

What’s your favourite piece of kit?

My favourite piece of gear I own would have to be my MicroVerb III. It has the reverse reverb effect on it (which I love), and along with my old Boss DS1 (replaced with a new pedal I got from a friend – Thanks Chris), is the only piece of gear that I use regularly.

What are your influences, what are you listening to?

I have a really limited set of bands I listen to, and it’s become a joke among my friends that the only bands I like are The Beach Boys, and MBV. I have always liked music where the main song writer/band has a story. I’m not sure why, but I think it makes the band more enjoyable in some way. I have been listening to the new albums by Converge, and Swans, along with old favourites like Pet Sounds, Ariel Pink, and Two Hunters by Wolves in the Throne Room. I also love Bored Nothing, j. francis, and Epithets; all Australian bands that I listen to often.

Any future plans for an album or live shows?

I’m talking to some friends about forming a band. This is the first time I have ever really played music on my own, so I’m not really sure how to go about anything yet, I am proud of my work, and I really want to get out and play live, so I’ll try my hardest to get a band together as soon as possible. I’ll be working hard to get the songs/the band/album ready over the next few months. Hope to have another EP out by mid year, and an album out by the end of this year, the start of the next. Can’t wait to get started.

Visit Kigo @ Soundcloud @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

 

Kigo – 'Guilt'

Kigo is the moniker of Brisbane-based recording artist D.P.Pearce who posted his debut ‘Guilt‘ online this week. Influenced by MBV, Wild Nothing and The Radio Dept., Kigo looks to deliver a full length before the year is out. A six track EP has already made its way online and so far its sounding impressive (not available on Bandcamp… yet).

 
Kigo – ‘Guilt’

Visit Kigo @ Soundcloud @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.