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The baked terra firma of Austin, Texas tends to be a land of Americana cheerleaders, oversize belt buckles, ranches and steaks the size of a house. It is also however the home turf of Ringo Deathstarr, a band with a name like a slash fiction story about The Beatles and Darth Vader and boasting a sound that is giving a brilliant contemporary twist on the very best of what those committed souls who would gaze lovingly at their shoes produced way back.
Eps and singles were released on both sides of the pond, with their first album, Colour Trip, coming out in February 2011 and a compilation of their early singles, Sparkler, released in the autumn of 2011. The band crossed the US and went international, touching the rainy streets of the UK and the neon-drenched byways of Japan on its way, playing with outfits such as The Dandy Warhols, A Place to Bury Strangers and The Wedding Present, attracting fans that attached themselves to the band like barnacles.
New album Gods Dream is out now, with Ringo Deathstarr's sound there in full expression, from the bending, twisting atmospherics of their more shoegazey tracks to the lightly shimmering dream pop numbers. This spectrum of styles, drenched in feedback and honey-sweet with melody, which would jolt in another band, are deftly slotted together here to form a melodic, deep and spectral whole, a sound that can bend your head and grasp your soul in the same instant. Imagine Ride, imagine The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, imagine Jesus & The Mary Chain and you're very much on the right track and then add a huge SHOT of fresh contemporary juice... there yet? Almost.
"There is a direct line between My Bloody Valentine, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Ringo Deathstarr. And it stops at Slowdive Central. If you retain any fondness for those three – and are mentally aroused by a spot of melody-heavy guitar pop – you will adore the 'Starr - THE GUARDIAN
"Their pulsing layers of feedback and those droll, deadpan vocals are ripped straight from Psychocandy, but the galloping, amphetamine rhythms are harder charging than even the most amped up track on that album." Pitchfork
The band sounds like it leaped screaming out of My Bloody Valentine's blown amps - WIRED
“Billows of fuzz and noise mix with alternating vocals, evoking the overcast landscapes of a Sofia Coppola movie in slow motion.” NYLON