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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Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Big Bopper’

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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

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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]

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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’

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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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