Thursday, January 27, 2011
Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip
Ringo Deathstarr is unique to the incredibly fertile Austin scene in that their worn-on-sleeve influences are so clearly British. Listening to their new outing Colour Trip - note the spelling - you can check off the sounds of any number of noisy shoegazers that came before them. You won't be able to listen to the intro of "Never Drive" or "You Don't Listen" without having The Jesus and Mary Chain cross your mind. "Imagine Hearts" and "Chloe" could be Loveless outtakes, and "So High" sounds like it could have been unearthed from The Primitives' catalogue. The unifying feature is the incredibly catchy melodies, whether buried under layers of noise or not, as on the hazy "Day Dreamy". With only one song of eleven longer than 3:30, the 32 minute disc zips by quickly. (BTW - I'm all for shorter, more frequent releases from artists. Just sayin'.)
Formed in 2005, and after releasing several singles and EP's, Colour Trip marks the full-length debut for the trio of Elliott Frazier (gtr, vox), Alex Gehring (bass, vox) and Daniel Coborn (drums). Club AC30 will put it out in Britain on February 14th while North America gets it on March 8th via Canadian indie Sonic Unyon. They band heads to Europe next month as support for Dean Wareham (Luna, Galaxie 500) before returning home to play at SXSW. A US tour will be announced shortly.
If any of the bands mentioned reside in your collection, make room alongside for Ringo Deathstarr. Pre-order Colour Trip from Club AC30, Sonic Unyon. Watch the vids for "Imagine Hearts" and "So High" below.
RINGO DEATHSTARR - SO HIGH from cassandra lee hamilton on Vimeo.