She Sir – ‘Kissing Can Wait’

SHE SIR - 'GO GUITARS'

She Sir‘s brand of jangle pop is full of shimmering melodies and sonic haze, inspired by the likes of The Go-Betweens, MBV and Felt. The Austin-based four piece will deliver their debut LP ‘Go Guitars’ on February 25 through Shelflife (pre-order). After having listened to four or five songs from the LP, I’ve got little doubt this will be a special album. For a limited time you can download an album track called ‘Condensedindents’ here (right click, save as).

 
She Sir – ‘Kissing Can Wait’

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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’

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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.

RINGO DEATHSTARR INTERVIEW

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’

RINGO DEATHSTARR - 'GODS DREAM'

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’

RINGO DEATHSTARR - 'FLOWER POWER'

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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Visit Ringo Deathstarr online @ Vinyl Junkie Recordings @ Facebook.

Drowner – ‘Glow’ [Premiere]

DROWNER - 'GLOW'

Pre-orders are live (Saint Marie Records) for Drowner’s new LP ‘You’re Beautiful, I Forgive You’ – available from August 13. The Texans push beyond last year’s self-titled release into territory not wholly dominated by a dream pop haze and one that should appeal to a wider audience. Of course, album opener ‘Glow’ isn’t bereft of the multi-layered textures, melodies and shadowy pop hooks that made the five piece turn heads in the first place. For fans of High Violets, The Sundays and The Fauns.

 
Drowner – ‘Glow’ [Premiere]

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True Widow – ‘Four Teeth’

TRUE WIDOW - 'FOUR TEETH'

Dallas stoner/shoegaze trio True Widow give us their third LP ‘Circumambulation’ on July 23 via Relapse Records – stream it via Advance now! Album cut ‘Four Teeth’ follows lead single ‘HW:R’ and opener ‘Creeper’ – all with that trademark slow-motion guitar chugging action! The haunting ‘Four Teeth’ is a slow burner that contrasts female vocals against a persistent feeling of being dragged under the speakers. If the guitar was tuned any lower the strings would fall off! True Widow haven’t re-invented themselves on ‘Circumambulation’ but they consistently deliver quality tunes.

 
True Widow – ‘Four Teeth’

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