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'
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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)

Ultraviolet – ‘Strawberry Echoes’

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Texas outfit Ultraviolet have released their debut five track EP featuring the impressive ‘Strawberry Echoes’. The duo (James Grantham & Caitlin Craighead) have already been praised by Anon Magazine, The Blog That Celebrates Itself and DKFM for stirring up that classic shoegaze sound. Jump into the EP stream and hear for yourself..

 
Ultraviolet – ‘Strawberry Echoes’

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Static Daydream – ‘Until You’re Mine’

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On August 28 Static Daydream serve up their debut, self-titled album via Moon Sounds Records / Saint Marie Records (pre-order). Take a listen to the album cut ‘Until You’re Mine’, a dense squall of noise rockin’ chaos! For the uninitiated, Static Daydream is the work of Paul Baker (formerly of Skywave / Ceremony) together with his partner Jamie Casey, and collaborator Jake Reid (of Screen Vinyl Image).

 
Static Daydream – ‘Until You’re Mine’

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Single Lash – ‘Under’ [Premiere]

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Single Lash are hard to pin down, the Austin outfit are part 80s post punk, part 90s gaziness, but always drenched in spacious reverb! The trio features Colin Foster and Neil Lord (of Future Museums), together with front man Nicolas Nadeau (of Slow Pulse). On April 7 they deliver their self-titled album through Mirror Universe Tapes (on digital & cassette). Take a listen to the first public stream of the album cut ‘Under’, which follows ‘Bitemarks’ (as featured on Gimme Tinnitus). It’s shaping up to be a great record!

 
Single Lash – ‘Under’ [Premiere]

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Tremble Out – ‘The Shore’

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Shoegaze and math rock combine on Tremble Out‘s new five track release ‘Based On Our Situation’ (download). It’s a bizarre blend at times, take a listen to the opener ‘The Shore’ which transitions from a downer indie rock feel to frenetic math rock and back again. The idea being that the EP “captures all of the intensity and grandeur of internal daily emotions without leaving out the insecurities of just getting by”. It’s based literally on their situation, and paints a vivid, cerebral picture. There’s some beautiful songs to be discovered in the stream below, impressive work from the Austin foursome.

 
Tremble Out – ‘The Shore’

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This Will Destroy You – ‘New Topia’

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Director Adam Fuchs (Lilfuchs) has created a stunning animated video for ‘New Topia’ by This Will Destroy You. It’s a brilliant instrumental piece, the opener to their 2014 album ‘Another Language’ (which you can stream in full below). The Texas quartet are heading on tour later this month, check out the full details through their label Suicide Squeeze.

 
This Will Destroy You – ‘New Topia’

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