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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Ringo Deathstarr On ‘Gods Dream’

RINGO DEATHSTARR INTERVIEW

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.

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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…

FEBRUARY (***with PURPLE)

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 ***

MARCH

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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Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Gods Dream’

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Austin shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr have released their new mini album ‘Gods Dream’ in Japan via Vinyl Junkie. Hardcore fans will want to pick up the Japanese version as it includes bonus tracks (‘Romantic Comedy’, ‘Frisbee’ and ‘Convertible’). The rest of us need to sit tight til the global release date next month, coupled with fresh tour news. The first single ‘Flower Power‘ impressed and the rest of the EP doesn’t disappoint. Guest guitarists Adam Franklin (Swervedriver) and Jeff Schroeder (The Smashing Pumpkins) add their talent to the diverse collection of songs. ‘Gods Dream’ keeps you guessing, with ambient lullabies (‘Shut Your Eyes’) contrasted with bold rock numbers and the borderline industrial ‘Nowhere’. Without a doubt, this release includes some of Ringo Deathstarr’s best work. Take a listen to the dreamy title track featuring Alex Gehring on vocals, backed by some brilliant guitar tones.

 
Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Gods Dream’

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Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Flower Power’

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Wow, didn’t expect this. Fresh music from Ringo Deathstarr and its more inventive than ever. New single ‘Flower Power‘ combines vocal harmonies with a progressive guitar riff that shifts from shoegaze to thrash! Then… the piano drops in to space you out. Excellent work from the Texan trio. Pick it up on the new mini album ‘God’s Dream’ available to Ringo Deathstarr’s Japanese fans on December 18 (the rest of us have to wait til 2014). The release (via Vinyl Junkie Recordings) also features guitar guests Adam Franklin (of Swervedriver) and Jeff Schroeder (of The Smashing Pumpkins).

 
Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Flower Power’

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Best Shoegaze Albums of 2012

Shoegaze is a loaded label, term, genre. And a list of contemporary shoegaze acts must be all about emulating the good ole’ days – right!? Well, hopefully this list proves otherwise. Despite the fact that reverb and noise are in abundance, its still all about the songs. In 2012 there was plenty of golden songs, with or without the tremolo riding, pitch bending tendencies, these songs stand their ground. Without further preaching, here’s SBWR’s Best Shoegaze Albums Of 2012. Please click through and add your favourite record/s so we can all be better informed. Plus, if you missed it, the Best Dream Pop Records of 2012 is right here too.

 

Best Shoegaze Albums of 2012…

 
1. Dead Mellotron – ‘Glitter’ [EP] (Sonic Cathedral) (more)

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So ‘Glitter’ isn’t technically an album but what it lacks in length it makes up for in sonic bliss! This is a special set of songs that won’t leave you wanting more. The American (not British) trio have previously released 2010’s ‘S/T’ and the eight track release ‘Ghost Light Constellation’. Shoegaze fans or better still, rock fans in general, shouldn’t miss it. Sonic Cathedral should be praised for supporting these guys.

2. Arc In Round – ‘Arc In Round’ (La Société Expéditionnaire) (more)

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One of the strongest debut releases of the year. Philadelphia’s Arc In Round have created an album that creeps up on you, then just refuses to get off your speakers. It hits all the right queues and just works. Its also one of the best sounding shoegaze records of the year, audiophiles take note! The work of Jeff Zeigler and co at Uniform Recording paid off.

3. Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Mauve’ (Club AC30) (more)

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As long as Ringo Deathstarr keeps making records they’ll keep making the list. The Texas-based band have been a dependable force, consistently delivering lovable rock n’ roll. ‘Mauve’ is a mix of shoegaze pop, garage punk and wall of sound rock. At the rate Ringo Deathstarr is releasing music they’re likely to eclipse their forefathers catalogues in no time.

4. A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Worship’ (Dead Oceans) (more)

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The noise rock record of the year without question. Arguably one of the most influential for guitarists seeking new levels of creative distortion. The amount of effects pedal dancing required to bring ‘Worship’ to life makes this a worthy inclusion. Pack your ear plugs!

5. Snøskred – ‘Whiteout’ (Riot Factory) (more)

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With five singers, tremolo heavy guitars and a solid debut single, there was little to stop Snøskred’s debut LP ‘Whiteout’ from being great. The Norwegian shoegaze act (Avalanche in English) produce catchy hooks with crossover indie pop appeal. A lot of love has gone into making this record and it’s audible on every track.

6. Airiel – ‘Kid Games’ [EP] (Shelflife) (more)

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The perfect mix of electronics and swooning guitars. Jeremy Wrenn’s Airiel changed up their sound and nailed it. After fifteen years of sonic wizardry the Chicago shoegazers struck a brilliant balance between strong songwriting, lush synth work and shimmering guitars.

7. Whirr – ‘Pipe Dreams’ (Tee Pee) (more)

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Droning fuzz rock from the Northern Californian six piece! Since the release of the well loved track ‘Junebouvier’ and the ‘Distressor’ EP before it, Whirr’s debut LP seemed forever on the horizon. ‘Pipe Dreams’ eventually saw the light of day following a signing to New York’s Tee Pee Records.

8. Young Prisms – ‘In Between’ (Kanine Records) (more)

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‘In Between’ is delivered with an honesty that makes it hard to pass up. Perhaps underrated due to a lack of production gloss, the naval gazing tone or simply because it isn’t the happiest of records. The San Francisco-based quartet produced a solid follow up to ‘Friends For Now’ and its worth checking out.

9. Highlands – ‘Singularity’ (Independent) (more)

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Psych clashes with shoegaze awesomeness on ‘Singularity’. The SoCal rockers push out waves of guitars and vocal harmonies all wrapped in warm reverb. Highlands are a band that could easily explode if given the means to do so.

10. 93millionmilesfromthesun – ‘Towards The Light’ (In At The Eye Records) (more)

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Doncaster noise makers 93millionmilesfromthesun released their third record ‘Towards The Light’ this year. It’s a loud one. Verging all the way from shoegazey textures to extreme signal mangling, the trio fully embrace their effects units! Perhaps not for the casual listener, but an experience nonetheless.

Best Shoegaze Albums Of 2012 (Notable mentions): Stagnant Pools, Sea Dweller, Crocodiles, No Joy, Indoor Voices, Carousels, SPC ECO, Panda Riot, Conduits.

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