Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Big Bopper’


80N7 have released a new comp of loveable lo-fi rockers called ‘All-American Edition’ featuring fifteen unreleased tracks by DIY bands including White Fang, Tomorrows Tulips and Ringo Deathstarr. The Texan shoegaze trio give us ‘Big Bopper‘. Plus there’s new (bad ass) t-shirts on sale via the web store to help fund their new album.

Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Big Bopper’

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Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Colour Trip’ Re-Issue


Club AC30 have repressed Ringo Deathstarr‘s debut album ‘Colour Trip’ “on three new flavours of vinyl. Each one is limited to 100 copies only worldwide, pressed up on heavy 180g vinyl, and you can choose from Transparent Cyan, Transparent Cola-Cube and Raspberry Ripple!” Pre-sale is on now, expected to ship in January. If you need a reminder of what the Texan shoegazers were up to in 2011, check out the videos below…

Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Colour Trip’

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Ringo Deathstarr – ‘God’s Dream’ [New Video]


Last month Ringo Deathstarr posted their ‘Bong Load‘ video and today we have the follow up clip for ‘God’s Dream’ (premiered @ Clash). As the Texan shoegaze trio puts it, “if you like looking at Alex’s face and home movies of Elliott’s dad you’ll love the vid”! In addition to vinyl copies of the ‘God’s Dream’ EP, fans can now pre-order on “convenient compact disc” (they work great in discmans). Or else pick up a download for five bucks here.

Ringo Deathstarr – ‘God’s Dream’ [New Video]

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Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Bong Load’


The opening track from Ringo Deathstarr‘s ‘God’s Dream’ has received the video treatment, courtesy of drummer Daniel Coborn. It premiered at Brooklyn Vegan today, and pays homage to the recent passing of Christo Buffam (collaborator/artist/guitarist with Dead Leaf Echo and The Vandelles). Thoughts go out to Christo’s friends and family. The Texan trio tells BV, “This video is filmed on an iphone, and consists of stuff from our recent US tour with Purple. It was inspired by the movie “Rubber” as well as all the best music videos. Not only is the song Daniel’s singing debut, but this video was edited by him as well. It matches the nostalgic vibe of the song. It’s a stoned story that emerged in all of its glory. the first shot features the late Christo Buffam from the vandelles and dead leaf echo playing a little guitar-pedal baseball. We toured with both of those bands in the past and it was put in the video weeks before his untimely passing. I think he would’ve liked it — so it remains in tribute.”

Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Bong Load’

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Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Gods Dream’ [Stream]

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Ringo Deathstarr‘s mini-album ‘Gods Dream‘ is now available pretty much everywhere following an early release on Vinyl Junkie in Japan last year. Grab it on clear red vinyl via Neon Sigh (USA), Noyes Records (CAN) or Invada Records (UK & EU – April 19). Plus there’s some copies of the super special coke bottle green vinyl left via Ringo Deathstarr’s online store. To make it a little more complicated, there’s also 100 dual colored records out there too, but they’re sold out. *sob* Enough with the selling talk, after sitting with this record for a number of months, I think it’s the Texan shoegazers best work. It defies genre conventions in an uncontrived way, with strong song writing throughout. What more could you want!? Well, I do have one question – why does some of the artwork have an apostrophe (God’s) and some doesn’t? *cue Twilight Zone theme* The painting above is courtesy of Ray Kimura – stream via Neon Sigh below…

Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Gods Dream’ [Stream]

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Ringo Deathstarr On ‘Gods Dream’


Austin trio Ringo Deathstarr are in the midst of delivering their latest mini album ‘Gods Dream’. It follows two studio records and the numerous EPs they’ve produced since forming in 2005. Much loved for their high powered fuzz and ultra catchy noise pop, ‘Gods Dream’ is one of their most inventive works to date. I threw some questions at founder Elliott Frazier this week before Ringo Deathstarr head off on tour…

How did the ‘Gods Dream’ EP all come together? Was it a collaborative song writing process or did you individually pen the tracks?

We started working separately, then we had like 5 or six songs and a lot of ideas, went into the studio and had 16 songs 3 days later. We didn’t know what to expect, but we decided to save some songs for later and just hurry up and put out some now!

Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Flower Power’


Lead single ‘Flower Power’ is one of the most explosive Ringo Deathstarr tunes yet. How did you approach the arrangement? There’s blistering guitars up against a dreamy mid section, how much work goes into fitting those changes into a 4 minute song?

Well, they were just two different song ideas, and I took inspiration from Brian Wilson’s methods on ‘Smile’, by just recording sections of songs and putting them together later. We did that with maybe 3 more songs during the session. So anyway, I came up with the fast bit and Alex came up with the slow bit, and I had listened to ‘Some Velvet Morning’ and just thought they should go together.

Do you write new songs with a view to how they will be received on tour?

No, just tried to write something a little weirder. We had a lot of inspiration from classic rock sounds on this one.

Any idea why Japan is so in love with Ringo Deathstarr? I believe you’ve even had a song used for the Japanese anime show ‘Mawaru Penguindrum’?

No idea, but we are thankful that we get to go back for a 7th time!

How did you find using crowd funding for your last LP ‘Mauve’? Will you be using Pledge Music or similar in the future?

Well, it was the only way we were gonna get a record out….now we don’t need to use that way again.


What are you listening to at the moment – any hot tips for SBWR readers?

My ear is only to the local music in Austin at the moment. We have great ones like Gal Pals, BLXPLTN, Znth, Holy Wave and 2.

What are your favorite bits of kit? Pedals, amps etc?

Univox Super Fuzz, Death By Audio Harmonic Transformer, Marshall Blues Breaker, Amp1.

What’s next for Ringo Deathstarr? Any final details of a February ‘Gods Dream’ release for the USA? And is there a new album already planned?

This will be coming out in the next week or so but we are going to have the vinyl at the gigs on our tour, and the official release will be a little later. Gotta make sure there are enuff to get to the stores in time for record store day and what not. But instead of some pre-order thing, you can just come to our gig and buy them all up. The ones at the gig will be coke bottle green, the ones for official release – who knows, maybe the color of George Hamilton’s face!

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Ringo Deathstarr Tour Dates…


13th – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas***
14th – Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s ***
15th – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls ***
17th – Tucson, AZ @ Plush ***
18th – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room ***
19th – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar ***
20th – Los Angeles, CA @ The Church on York ***
21st – San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah ***
22nd – Portland, OR @ Ash St. Saloon ***
23rd – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon ***
25th – Denver, CO @ High Dive ***
26th – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge ***
27th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry ***
28th – Duluth, MN @ Pizza Luce ***


1st – Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet ***
2nd – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen ***
3rd – Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar ***
4th – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge ***
5th – New Haven, CT @ BAR ***
6th – Boston/Allston, MA @ Great Scott ***
7th – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie ***
8th – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery ***
11th – Beaumont, TX @ The Gig ***
12th – 16th SXSW @ Austin TX
20th – Nagoya, Japan @ Tight Rope
21st – Osaka, Japan @ Knave
22nd – Kofu, Japan @ Bodega East
23rd – Sapporo, Japan @ Spiritual Lounge
25th – Yokohama, Japan @ Galaxy
26th – Tokyo, Japan @ Tsutaya O-Nest

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