New album ‘Ringo Deathstarr’ released March 27th via Club AC30
“Ringo Deathstarr kick f**king ass” – VICE
“This Texan noise-pop gang make a thrilling racket” – NME
“Guitars drenched in reverb and effects, Ringo Deathstarr know their way around a catchy pop melody”– THE GUARDIAN
Texan shoegaze pioneers Ringo Deathstarr return with their new studio album, the eponymously named ‘Ringo Deathstarr’ out via Club AC30 and The Reverberation Appreciation Society in North, Central and South America on March 27th.
‘Ringo Deathstarr’ poetically sees the band in a stage of personal and musical maturity. A staple of the genre with a rich back catalogue of revered material, it’s on their sixth full length that Ringo Deathstarr address the kind of themes that can only come from life experience.
One of the challenges overcome during the albums recording was the arrival of guitarist and vocalist Elliot Frazer’s first child. In direct contrast to the recording of the acclaimed ‘Pure Mood’ in 2015, ‘Ringo Deathstarr’ was recorded sporadically between parent duties, often well into the night, over the course of a number of months.
“Previously I had the ability to focus and make really great demos and I was able to be in the studio 10hrs a day a few days a week for 3 months. Then the album was finished.
Because this new record was started after I became a father, and I had no idea what it would be like, I was a stay at home dad during the day and working at night! Gone were the days of fiddling about for hours with melodies and it took longer personally.”
The change of pace obviously had its effect with the latest LP offering an overall more dynamic, introspective psychedelia, multi-layered with Frazer and bassist Alex Gehring’s trademark, gorgeous, duel harmonies. ‘Nagoya’ opens with cinematic ambience before the groove-laden gothic allure of ‘God Help The Ones You Love’ and ‘Gazin’. An upbeat, more direct shoegaze bristling with a precision and confidence that’s rarely captured with such energy, and the 90s seeped ‘Once Upon A Freak’ as well as ‘Be Love’ elevate the bands now iconic sound pallet.
Unfortunately Gehring sadly also lost her mother in this time and the tragic loss of a loved one is no better represented than in the beautiful, devastating ‘Disease’, a rare personal moment that’s restrained and pensive. These themes of life given and taken away are explored throughout this exceptional record.
Elsewhere the reverb-soaked and dark 80s post-punk of ‘In Your Arms’ and ‘Heaven Obscured’ continue to show a band unwilling to stick to the rule book, with poppier sensibilities, while ‘Lazy Lane’ and ‘The Same Again’ showcase their more lo-fi and garage-rock leanings. And in true Deathstarr fashion album closer ‘Cotton Candy Clouds’ sees us out with a climatic cacophony of guitar work and riotous power from drummer Daniel Coborn.
The band formed in 2005 in Austin, Texas but it wasn’t until 2007 when Elliot and Alex recorded their debut EP when things really fell into place, and once Daniel joined we were given quintessential Deathstarr line-up. And it was playing their knockout show at Reverence Festival in 2010 that secured them a place with Club AC30, the innovative label responsible for the recent successful releases by Pinkshinyultrablast, Taffy, Black Doldrums and Flyying Colours amongst others.
Over the bands lengthy career they’ve seen support from the likes of The Guardian, The Line Of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound, NME, VICE, Pitchfork, NPR, KEXP, BBC 6 Music and many more.
God Help The Ones You Love
Once Upon A Freak
Just Like You
In Your Arms
The Same Again
I Dont Want To Lose This
Cotton Candy Clouds